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Cursing the Deaf

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on May 17, 2006

Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.” (Lev./Vay. 19:14)Have you ever met those people that no matter what, they will claim that everyone can always do better, if only they applied themselves? Hard and uncompassionate people. I think G-d had those people in mind when He commanded us to not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind. They are the deaf and blind, as well as doing the cursing and stumblingblock manufacturing. These people have never heard about mitigating circumstances or Life itself, how could they – they are deaf? They have never seen a child learning to crawl and walk – how could they, they are blind?

I wonder what would happen if we all started treating each other as if we were all deaf and blind? What if we started looking for those mitigating circumstances that gives us reason to give each other a break, treat each other with compassion. I don’t think people would end up slacking and creating havoc around them – I think they would apply themselves even more.

Then there is off course the matter of beings that are acting as if they are deaf and blind, at least selectively – Like Boris. But that is another matter entirely – and btw – his deaf and blindness? He’s a dog – that should explain it, don’t you think?


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