Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Tao of Disability

78.
Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water,
Yet nothing can better overcome the hard and strong,
For they can neither control nor do away with it.

The soft overcomes the hard,
The yielding overcomes the strong;
Every person knows this,
But no one can practice it...
--Tao Te Ching

How many applications does this have to disability? To start with, civil disobedience, pain, the stereotype that we must overcome, the idea that strength is in itself a virtue.

4 comments:

nosnoopy said...

First three lines (stanza? my grad degree is expired) can't help but remind me of the storm surge stories/images from Ike.

FridaWrites said...

That does give a very different spin to it. :)

nosnoopy said...

Not that I'm comparing you to Hurricane Ike but, well, there IS your temper... :-P

FridaWrites said...

Don't frighten the children, dear.