In the Words of Buddha

(Re-post from 1/31/15)

Buddha once said “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

At least that’s what it says on the magnet that I got about 2-years ago. Considering all the memes attributed to Paulo Coelho, and that fact that I wasn’t there when Buddha allegedly said it, he may or may not have said it. Regardless, the quote makes as much sense to me now as it did when I first bought the magnet.

I have found that there is no shortage of opinions and instructions when you find yourself diagnosed with MS. Everybody and their fucking grandmother wants to tell you what to do. I have to remind myself constantly that it is all well-meant. Most people DO have good intentions, and many people DO have genuine concern. And then I remember the words attributed to Buddha.

All smartass-ness aside, I have received some very useful information. For instance, MS is an auto-immune condition, the immune system resides in the intestine, therefore, a happy intestinal environment is desirable. BRING ON THE ACIDOPHILUS AND LIQUID CHLOROPHILL!!!

And then you have the individual who told me that there was no way that I could have MS because only white people get MS. She should have told my dead aunts. On the other hand, it would have made my one grandmother beyond happy to hear that. Yeah, the age of enlightenment my ass!

Anyway, a few weeks ago I read the first blog entry of a man that was diagnosed with MS and was keeping things under control. Then one day, out of the blue, he had an episode and the right side of his body was paralyzed. He lost his job and even after he regained partial use of his right side no one would hire him. I was outraged on his behalf! Society insists on demoralizing people and limiting their capabilities without giving them a fair chance to show what they can do. And then they want to judge who needs help and who doesn’t. Excuse me! The man is trying to provide for his family and YOU are refusing him the opportunity. Don’t you DARE judge him for requesting government assistance! Maybe if YOU weren’t disabled by YOUR prejudice he wouldn’t need the help. I wonder if he ever explored any options under the Americans with Disabilities Act…

I still do not wanting to start any support groups. But I would be interested in getting involved with a group that advocates for people with disabilities. I mean, I support environmentalist efforts and animal protection and cats. I LOVE CATS! But if I won’t let society limit me then I shouldn’t limit myself either.

After all, I am a Spiritual being and Spirit has NO limits.

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