Thinking doesn't take up space

Guto Maia*

08/21/2020 (Leia em Português)

A reflection on the Week of People with Disabilities.

Thinking does not occupy space, but occupies the mind and wears out when the ghosts of human existence haunt us.

The creative leisure of thinking, leads the creature to amazing and brilliant creations, but when these "crazy thoughts" cannot be put into practice - the act of thinking, obviously, turns against the thinker.

Then, we found that thinking hurts.

And it hurts, above all, because of the important and inexorable conclusions we have reached about our limits as a human species - which can do a lot, but cannot do everything.

Humanity created brilliant solutions to compete with animals; compete with other humans; and even fight extraterrestrials. But, in his personal competition, with himself in the act of thinking, he always loses because no one better than us to know our weaknesses; then, in the clash of inner war, we always come out defeated and are beaten.

Thinking doesn't take up space, but it can lead to dark, tormenting conclusions about our biggest dilemmas.

The greatest of all, without a doubt, is death.

For parents of people with disabilities, this increases to unimaginable proportions.

"What will become of them when I die?", Is the main question we hear from family members of people with intellectual, physical, sensory and comorbid disabilities; elderly and vulnerable people who depend on us.

Below, I will comment on the conclusions I reached in these six months.

Thinking does not take up space, but in the past, parents and teachers educated young people with physical and psychological punishment, one of them was: - "Go to the dark room, 'think' about what you did!" Or, at school: "Stay in the corner of the room, facing the blackboard, grounded, for 5 minutes, 'thinking' about the mistake you made!"

So thinking, sometimes, leads us to the idea that we are grounded.

And in a sense, we are.

In these six months of compulsory confinement, under house arrest, due to the pandemic, we could see the cruelty of some thoughts.

We all, indistinctly, become aware of fear and the feeling of being punished.

We are left with no way out, and when there is nowhere to run, we are sincere. The thoughts are more true.

And, in this extreme situation, I came to two satisfactory conclusions about death: a good one and a bad one.

The bad thing is that, when we worry about the "fault we will make for the people who depend on us, when we leave" (euphemistic phrase not to mention "die"); we found that after 6 months, few will miss us, some will not even realize that we died, others will even give "thanks to God!".

The good observation is that we can die peacefully, because other good people will appear to replace us (even more competent!) To take care of everything. In the vast majority of cases, this is a fact and a consolation. We are not irreplaceable at all. Nobody is.

Humanity had great men and great women that we don't even remember existed.

Nature fulfills its role of going ahead, independent of us. Just as the nature of the virus is fulfilling its scientific foundation of mediocrizing all the mediocre opinions of those who tried to minimize it by discrediting the power of science. Believing in it is what we have left.

 Photo: key chains created by Virgílio Pedro RigonattiPhoto: key chains created by Virgílio Pedro Rigonatti

Photo: key chains created by Virgílio Pedro Rigonatti

 

The Week for People with Disabilities starts today, August 21, 2020. We never had much to celebrate, and it has always been a little absurd to do so. But, it is important. It is important to have a week of ours to remember that we are not invisible, even in these times when mourning permeates human existence. It is important to remember that our struggle continues. And it will continue with the optimism of those who do not give up. It will remain with those we love and those who believe that thinking does not occupy space, but it can help improve the lives of those who cannot think, because they have no intellection, no cognition or reasoning, because of their mental disorders. Think for them.

Without a doubt, the fight will never end. We are only in a moment of truce in respect of those who resist and those who did not resist *.

 

*Guto Maia - José Augusto Maia Baptista

Educational Manager

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