Fang Talks

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Missing ability

Here’s a weird one: do you ever fantasize about being disabled?

Granted, “fantasize” is just there for the catchy opening line, it’s really more an “imagine” kind of thing. Still, I can’t help but think about that from time to time. What if I suddenly lost an ability? Say I turned blind, or I lost my legs? How would I deal with that? And not just from a physical perspective: gotta learn braille, need to ride a wheelchair. No, the mental perspective too. I’d need to learn to cope with not being able to see cool sights again, but would I be able to?

You’re putting yourself in a vastly different position, which makes for a really cool thought experiment. Things will get taken away, but you’ll have to make up for those in some way. Will your new experiences ever feel as good as the old ones? Will you forever miss, or eventually forget?

You know what, it may very well be a healthy activity as long as you don’t obsess over those thoughts. Makes you more aware of all the things you need, say, your ears for, and how you’d fill that gap if suddenly you became deaf. And maybe it even puts you in a better place to learn of any bad news in this area.

I don’t know, it’s just interesting to ponder from time to time.
~ Fang


  • 16/11/2016 (1:38 AM)

    I’ve thought about it when something goes wrong. You know, like I have a headache and I think, “What if I have constant headaches from now on? Wouldn’t I wish I had appreciated NOT having headaches before?”

    There’s a much-criticized episode of “The X-Files” where Mulder says that he sometimes wishes he’d been disabled so that less would ahve been expected from him.

    If I were deaf, I’d have to be satisfied with feeling the bass.

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