- Matthew Purinton
- Philadelphia, PA
- United States
Council For Relationships
Is disease eradication = genocide? Is there any room for people with disabilities in the future?
While the benefits of the eradication of a disease is self-explanatory it has a dark side. If polio never existed humanity would have never had FDR, Tobin Siebers or Ed Roberts. I was born without arms but hands, and legs but not knees or ankles. I am in constant pain. If I took a pill to eliminate my disability, no big deal. If the 600 people around the world with my disability made the same decision, the world would weep because an entire tribe of man would be gone. In my role as a psychotherapist I am able to help people with all kinds of pain because I've spent the last 24 yrs. learning to thrive with my own pain. The greatest gift I can give humanity is my unique experience, an experience that may die as the mysteries contained in my blood is revealed. If disability disappears the systemic pathologies that it illuminates will remain, limiting humankind for all time..