There's no pictures today. No music, quips or remarks. Just chillin' and thinking. It's a little late, but I wanted to work on today's entry so that everyone can digest it no matter what time of day that you read it.
I ran this video a few weeks back and it deeply affected me. I first heard about Amanda Baggs one evening while I was listening to CNN's Anderson Cooper, a person I admire. As CNN is almost always used as a background when I'm not listening to music, I only picked up bits and pieces. When I stopped what I was doing to listen more carefully, the piece was almost over. I jotted down two things that I heard. One was You Tube and the other was the young lady's name.
I didn't pursue it at first, but the little bits I could piece together kept gnawing at me until I realized that I had to find the video. It took me two days to find it and with my trusty dial-up computer, another lifetime to download it to my You Tube site.
After listening to it three times, it dawned on me that there was a depth to this person that no one knew about until she was able to "speak". My first thought was, what would have happened to her if she would not have been able to express her thoughts? Would "they" have put her in an institution?
This thought leads me to many more thoughts. How many people can't say what's on their mind? Imagine if you were speaking English to people everywhere and found that no one anywhere spoke English? Even worse, you could understand everything they said, both kind and unkind, about you and you couldn't reply, couldn't defend yourself, couldn't.....!
I could go on and on ! Watch and listen. Form your own thoughts. I would ask the readers of my journal, especially ones who have many contacts, to let their readers know about this particular lady and her video.
Please be aware that this video is eight minutes long. The first three minutes will be difficult to understand. Amanda will begin to explain it to you after that. The video is also closed captioned. Be patient.
If you ever wanted to leave a comment, but were shy or unsure, just imagine that you wanted to make a comment, but couldn't, and when you tried it read "zhaow,20f;w-f[qwkd" Today, my friends, is the day to make a comment.
That's it for today, my friends. More tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !