Read about what a doctor told Amelia's parents. He said that because of her condition he would not perform an operation. On the paper were the words Mentally Retarded.
I think some people are just plain inconsiderate when talking to or about other people who are different from themselves. After all, we are all different from one another. How boring would the world be if we were all the same? God doesn't love us any less for who we are, whether short or tall, the color of our skin, what we wear, or how we walk, speak or what we do. He wants us to love one another and care for each other, but he also expects each of us to do what we can for ourselves. He looks at our heart and not at our "good works or deeds".
The saying "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me" is not such an accurate statement. Physical hurt is easily seen but emotional hurt can damage a person for a lifetime. Only with the help of friends or family can people start to overcome the negative effects of what words can do. Sometimes it can take a lifetime to heal the wounds of words and then sometimes you may never heal. Low self-esteem often times comes from words that belittle a person.
Is the word "retard" a noun or a verb?
"According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first record of the usage of the
word "retard" is from circa 1489. At that point in time, that word meant to keep
back, hinder, or impede. Now, the word "retard" is used in common
language as a replacement for the word "idiot" or "dummy". This was not a
direct or instantaneous change, but a change that took centuries
to occur. Not only has the definition of the word changed but the nature of word
has been altered over time as well. It has become more popular to use “retard”
as a noun rather than a verb, when 200 years ago it was the exact opposite.
Also, the pronunciation of the word has been modified over time because of its
added meaning. Why and how has the word changed so greatly?" (credit to Alicias English 102 blogspot)
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