Equality, Disability and the Paralympic Games

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Equality, Disability and the Paralympic Games

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Building from my recent book UNBEATABLE! Seven Pillars of Personal Excellence, each blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.

Pillar: Equal access to God

“God does not show favouritism”-Acts 10:34

Principle: Equal access to sport

The Paralympic Games are here! Same country, same challenges but a new set of athletes will compete in Tokyo just a few weeks after the historic summer Olympics. In fact, a strong case can be made that the real heroes in sport are the Paralympians.

In case you have never heard the term before, “Paralympian” is a combination of the words “para” and “Olympian”. Generally-speaking, “para-sport” involves athletes with physical rather than intellectual disabilities. These competitors are nothing short of amazing.

The reality is that the Paralympic Games does not generate the same interest as the Olympics. The commercial gains are not the same. Why is that? Maybe it exposes our own biases, prejudices and tendency to show favouritism. While there are many nobles advocates for those with physical and intellectual handicaps, the truth is that, sadly, this group too often still receives society’s scorn.

What about you? Be honest. Do you feel awkward around disabled persons? What about those with mental illnesses? Frankly, I still have quite a way to go to truly embrace them from my heart. This is why I love Peter’s words above from the New Testament as recorded by Luke, the physician: “God does not show favouritism.”

Divine equity reigns supreme even when human inequality appears ubiquitous. Let us adopt God’s heart for all people. In His eyes, no one is off limits when it comes to offering dignity, mutual respect and love.

Practical: Equal access to you

Especially if you’re not a fan of sport, take just a few moments over the next few weeks and be inspired by the heart, courage and spirit of the world’s best Paralympians.

If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Michelle Marcus

    Yes. I still have a long way to go. Many times I am more concern for my own safety instead of being compassionate to the most vulnerable in society.

  2. J.Tyrone Marcus

    Yes, the vulnerable do need a voice. We have a chance to stand in the gap.

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