Thursday, July 03, 2008

Independence, too much of a good thing

That's the title of this post by the blogger Carol Marfasi about the philosophy of independence and the importance that is placed on living independently. Here is part of what she writes:

So what is my post intended to evoke or to inform? I guess the fact that many of us with disabilities strive so unrelentlessly to attain a goal that in many ways becomes a little murky. Independence should not mean always needing to be in control, to be the best at one's game, to never "bother others with our needs as if they don't exist because we have gone through the metamorphosis of becoming independent." The more I learn about other cultures, the more I reflect upon the beauty and cohesiveness that is a result of family and community, the reciprocity and healthy art of being cared for and caring for another.
There's lots more and lots to think about ... click here to read the whole thing.