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April 12, 2010

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Chaya leah Apter

This is amazing! I have one of his videos on my face book... it is more detailed though. I will put it up when I can. He is truly amazing though! Everything he says in his videos are all things we (People) need to hear over and over again until we get the point!

Melissa May

I've seen this before and it is beautiful and astounding.

Chaya Harrison

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring example of humanity. By the looks of their faces, these students learned and absorbed more about tolerance, self-esteem, overcoming challenges and so many other things, during his talk than most of us do in a lifetime.

women's studies student

Wow I just couldn't stop crying...this is going up on my facebook. Thank you so much this was wonderful!!!!!!

Julie

I'm so happy everyone is enjoying this as much as I do. He has truly mastered the secret to happiness-appreciating what it is that you have.

Robin Goodfellow

Despite his very heavy religious'ness (saw a couple other Youtube clips), it doesn't change the worth of his perseverence.

I am inspired.

I am curious, though. Would his message speak to those seeking redemption, without a religious base? Or, would are the non-religious excluded?

Tom Babcock

Several years ago there was a presentation (maybe by BBC or by Canadian Broadcasting) about thalidomide children in Canada, and the adaptations these children displayed. I also had tears in my eyes when they spoke of the determination of these children and especially as they explained why they seemed to reject atempts to fit them with artifical limbs. These artifical limbs might make us feel more comfortable, but an interpretation of the children's reactions was also that it reflected us telling them there was something wrong about how they were born, about who they were. It is easy to fit an artifical limb to someone who loses it to accident or cancer, but it is different when the person is born with what we want to call a disability. We label the condition but at the same time label them. Videos like this also bring tears to our eyes, perhaps because we can also see our own rejection of the many persons we encounter in wheel chairs or with seeing-eye dogs, using sign language or or with features of Down's syndrome. We can have tears of joy that this man is able to accept his situation and bring his life out for us to see, but we can also have tears of sadness that it takes such a video to break through our barriers.

Emily

I can't believe that the poor man has no arms and legs and Robin's first worry is about his religiousity?! He is really a one-issue guy. If someone was drowning would Robin ask if the victim believes in God before throwing the rope?!

Robin Goodfellow

Emily,

My first concern when I see someone without arms or legs is NOT their religiosity.

URL:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjzOwRAKfA0&feature=PlayList&p=079DDCA32A99C931&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=4

But when someone is offering me strength and peace of mind, and I see theirs-the source of what they're offering themselves-comes from something I don't neceassarily believe in, I feel excluded.

But if I saw someone without arms or legs drowning, I would throw the rope, save the person, get them the attention they need, and probably walk away as soon as I could see they were alright (first providing all due respects and courtesies as required)-I'd rather be humble about any sort of "heroics", and go before getting too much attention.

They might say I was doing "God's work", saving them. But it could also be me being a decent person. All I'm asking is for the right to secular strength and good-will... without villification for asking for it.

And, to remain OT, I am still happy to know that there is such a good person in the world as that young man.

Robin Goodfellow

(I realize that the question was whether I would save a drowning person in general, and not someone without arms or legs... also how silly it might be to save a drowning person without arms or legs by throwing them a rope. So just ignore that typo on my part. Regardless, my point is that I'd save them and not think about their faith.)

Emily

Thank you for clarifying Robin. I was getting worried about you for a minute!

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