She Smiled

Creaking wheels,
and solemn looks.
I saw her
from the aisle long,
Body that failed to
help her move.
Friends and kith,
pushing the chair.
Filled with pity
I questioned god
for punishing an innocent.
Frowning and frusting
I sank deep in thought.
Prodding and pushing
the conscience of mine.
Ego bloated and silently thanking the stars of mine,
I expressed my sorrys and the arrogant modesties.
Pity flowed forth,
filling the brim,
My sense of superiority,
boosted by a vision of the weak.
And then …
she smiled.

This is a thought to the way people look at individuals different abled. Pities, condolences, commiserations and all the crap that flows through. Why pity? Is it for a pseudo sense of self worth, that the human heart melts and pity flows over the brim? we are helping someone who cannot help themselves? All that sense of this superiority breaks up when the weak are just the mightier lot than any of the other normals.

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One thought on “She Smiled

  1. There was hardly any other German city in which the social problem could be studied better than in Vienna. But here I must utter a warning against the illusion that this problem can be ‘studied’ from above downwards. The man who has never been in the clutches of that crushing viper can never know what its poison is. An attempt to study it in any other way will result only in superficial talk and sentimental delusions. Both are harmful. The first because it can never go to the root of the question, the second because it evades the question entirely. I do not know which is the more nefarious: to ignore social distress, as do the majority of those who have been favoured by fortune and those who have risen in the social scale through their own routine labour, or the equally supercilious and often tactless but always genteel condescension displayed by people who make a fad of being charitable and who plume themselves on ‘sympathising with the people.’ Of course such persons sin more than they can imagine from lack of instinctive understanding. And thus they are astonished to find that the ‘social conscience’ on which they pride themselves never produces any results, but often causes their good intentions to be resented; and then they talk of the ingratitude of the people.

    – Sez Hitler 🙂

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