Disability vs. Universal Citizens

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My new term for disability, or People with Disabilities is “Universal Citizens”. You may take this news with or without irony. Meanwhile, since all people of all races, genders, creeds, orientations, affiliations, or political persuasions will likely become physically “different” as they age I believe that universal citizenship is the proper term. This new way of calling the shots also relieves people with physical differences from the long, twilight hangover of Victorian naming–“disability” is Karl Marx’s term, a designation for people who lacked the physical capacities to continue working in the factories of the industrial revolution. We now live in an age of universal design. Universal citizenship should follow naturally.

 

I am a universal citizen. I’m as universal as a pair of work shoes standing on a stoop.

 

S.K.    

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  1. You are so right that ” all people of all races, genders, creeds, orientations, affiliations, or political persuasions will likely become physically different as they age.” Old age is the disability we all face and, in light of that, I cannot understand how anyone could be cruel to someone else because of a physical difference. You expressed this beautifully, Steve.

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  2. Yeah, I tried the shoes of the universal citizen on for size, and they fit very nicely. Let’s run with this, and see where it gets us.

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