What can happen to the mind can be even more disabling. Some people go mentally insane, have massive panic attacks due to overwhelming stress (which are worse than the average heart attack,) slip into a coma, become so severely depressed that they slowly die or deliberately commit suicide. I of course do not mean to downplay the hardship which comes from a physical disability, but with the right attitude and support such a person can still live a mentally healthy life. A couple famous examples of dealing remarkably with serious physical restraints would be Roy L. Dennis (of whom the 1985 movie "Mask" was based) who suffered from craniodiaphyseal dysplasia (a severe bone-altering disorder) and who maintained a glowing, positive attitude about life, and Terry Fox (who ran 3,339 miles for 143 days to raise money for cancer research while using an artificial leg.) Likewise, people can overcome severe psychological disorders to achieve great things too. I only mean to point out that physical disabilities are not automatically the worst one can have. Imagine living with dementia or severe schizophrenia.
So yes, materially we have things good in modern society. We have skilled doctors, psychologists and lots of pills. Bear in mind, these things do not always help and sometimes make things far worse. But overall, we are most fortunate. But walking among the many spoiled, should-be-smiling middle class or otherwise relatively well-off people on our well-paved streets and well-maintained parks are living horror stories with pleasant smiles and "how-do-you-dos?" which conceal a great deal than you're seeing. Just saying.edit on 11-10-2013 by LoneCloudHopper2 because: (no reason given)
This is truly a fantastic thread. I nearly cried watching the X-Factor contestant, she was just so bubbly, and not just superficial bubbly, she had a DEPTH to her, you could see strength in her that words can't express.
The OP's video, I got 15 minutes in, that was very inspirational too. It really DOES make you think, how much more capable we are than many of us realize.
We all are handicap in some ways.....whether it be physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, or whatever....and whether it be mild or extreme. I think life is one huge realization that the world keeps spinning, with or without you, whether you are in pain or not. We are all only here for a short period of time, and it really DOES matter how we live here, what stance we take....it DOES. It makes ALL the difference.