What’s Normal?

“What’s Normal?”

I ask you to bring our universal love mantra into your hearts as you read.

Praise and forgive!

Praise and compliment!

Praise and allow!

Praise and inspire!

Inspire everyone you see, everywhere you go. If you praise and inspire everyone then you will become “INSPIRE.” When you’re embodying the true meaning of “INSPIRE,” you’re there. You’re free. And when you’re free, it’s a beautiful place to be.

Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism, said, “It’s my choice to be kind to those who are unkind, because the nature of my being is kindness.” That is all that we have to give away. And so we must talk about our differences from our fellow brothers and sisters.

So I’m different from you. So what? Diversity is the spice of life! We are supposed to be different from one another and we are all unique in our own right. This is called “personal reality.” Put those two words together and you get, “personality!” Everybody has a unique personality of which to be cherished and proud. Whether you are a creationist (one who believes in a literal translation of the Bible) or an evolutionist (one who believes in Darwin’s evolution theory), there should be no disagreement in either camp about the differences between all human beings. I am who I am, and I am proud of it. You should be, too! As long as we are not hurting anyone else, we should treat everyone as equals. Mutual respect is expected and deserved.

On that note, ableism is the invisible discrimination that afflicts more than 1 out of 10 Americans today — that’s the equivalent of 25 million beautiful souls across our nation. Ableism is a form of social prejudice and it is blatant discrimination against our brothers and sisters afflicted with mental and physical disabilities.

In our society, we are taught from a young age that the able-bodied are the norm. But what’s normal anyway? Must people with disabilities strive to become the so-called norm or are they doomed to become marginalized, stigmatized, and separated from the rest? This cannot be how we function with our disabled comrades in this country. What kind of environment is this for a disabled child, especially as they develop into an adult? It’s no way to live — it is a living hell.

Now, are the child’s parents and school professionals engaged enough and trained well enough on how to handle particular situations where the children are discriminated against? Children come home in tears after being bullied for their disability. So unjust! How is this still going on in 2016? How can adults help the child be who they are and coexist with their able-bodied peers?

The parents of the able-bodied children must also chip in and teach their children that diversity is what is great about America. Currently children in the United States and the world are taught that a disability is an error, a mistake or a failing, rather than a simple consequence of human diversity akin to that of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender. It’s something beautiful and something to be cherished.

The story of life and its bountiful beauty starts and ends for all creatures in the same moment. It begins from the second we take our first breath and ends when we take our last. And because of that, life should be equally beautiful for everyone.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Life should be equally beautiful for all regardless of race, religion, nationality, speech, gender, sexual orientation, size or body. Life should be equally beautiful for everyone! I implore you to turn to your nearest neighbor and say, “Please love me as you love yourself.”

That’s the golden rule, kids!

Peace, Grace, Love and Namasgar,

Gar