|Community meeting in Tanzania (Sara Butterfield, Tearfund)|
Would you invite someone with Down Syndrome to a community meeting? Perhaps we'd be worried that they would disrupt the meeting or not have anything to add. Yet the humbling truth is that people with Down Syndrome need to be treated with love and honour and have more to teach us than we may realise. So Jané writes: I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some videos with you:
"We are all frightened by the ugly, the dirty. We all want to turn away from anything that reveals the failure, pain, sickness and death beneath the brightly painted surface of our ordered lives. Civilisation, is at least in part, about pretending that things are better than they are. We all want to be in a happy place, where everyone is nice and good and can fend for themselves. We shun our own weakness and the weakness in others. We refuse to listen to the cry of the needy. How easy is it to fall into the illusion of a beautiful world when we have lost trust in our capacity to make our broken world a place that can become more beautiful?" (Jean Vanier).
I think people with Down Syndrome, like anyone when given the space to be heard and welcomed, make our world more beautiful.