Ignorance is Unlimited
There exists a lack of compassion coupled with ignorance, which borders on stupidity. What makes it worse is that this is a commodity that appears unlimited. Every day we hear stupid, callous and hurtful things that people say to each other, or about others. Sometimes we are the recipient of such words. A friend of mine who was diagnosed with cancer, and is a strong fighter and survivor, told me something that each time I recall I become angry.
Someone told them that they should not date because they have cancer. When I heard this I was speechless for a few. I cannot wrap my head around such an idea. First, how can someone have no compassion, or understanding for others whose bodies have acquired any illness, let alone any type of cancer? What thought pattern would lead someone to make such a conclusion and then verbalize it, face to face, to a cancer survivor?
According to the American Cancer Society’s statistics and data, there were about 1.6 million new cancer cases in 2012. If we were to follow this moron’s ‘logic’ then those diagnosed with a potentially terminal illnesses should not seek any type of relationship. They should just go away and be alone. Let’s shun these people, whose lives have changed, and keep them quarantined from the rest of us ‘healthy’ citizens. There is no need for us to interact with these people since they are going to die soon and they cannot contribute anything else to anyone, nor society.
In the time my friend learned about their illness, and received treatment, they have contributed more to help others and be productive than others that have a clean bill of health. We are not to be defined by our illnesses and maladies. We must be careful not to hang scarlet letters on others making them stand out as different from the rest of us.
It appears that regardless of the knowledge we have gained in our society today, some people want to cling to ignorance. Ignorance and stupidity will always be with us, but let’s not add to it by the words we say to each other. Before we say something, let’s think about what we are saying.
And by the way, let’s not play the ‘what I said was taken out of context’ bit. That only makes you appear more ignorant than you are.