I am sure most of you have read this horrifying letter as it is making its rounds on social media. This letter is shocking, disgusting, and appalling. Not only is it cruel because the mother of a child with autism is requested to lock her autistic son inside in order to not disturb the neighbourhood with his "dreadful noises". It gets much worse. How can anyone who claims to be a mother have thoughts like these? It is beyond me how anyone can suggest to another mother euthanising her child just because it does not behave the way someone expects it to?!
This subject is an especially soft spot for me because this, the very thing this mother suggests to another mother (!), was done in our country more than 60 years ago. People with disabilities were murdered because they did not live up to the standards of the perfect society that was planned to be created. When I read historic documents about that time my stomach turns and makes me feel sick. The cruelty of it leaves me speechless. How the weakest of our society were precisely killed, murdered, destroyed in a perfectly organised way is something I will never, ever, ever even grasp to comprehend because it is incomprehensible. How do the minds of these people work? Are they emotionless monsters? I will fail to understand this my whole life.
I think of my beautiful child and I know that he would have been one of them. Just to think about that for even a split second gives me chills of despair and pain. How is it possible to hurt and kill the most innocent of society? How is it possible to hurt and kill anyone at all?
It happened more than 60 years ago. You would think that society has learned from the past and from the cruelty that happened. The utter, sheer cruelty that it is just impossible to wrap your head around because it is just completely off the charts. We claim to be a modern, open-minded society. Almost 70 years is a long time. Yet today there are still people out there who think this is a valid reaction and way to get "rid of the problem". There are people bringing up kids, planting their sick views and beliefs in the minds of their kids, raising another generation to find this a normal way of "dealing with it". When will this stop?
Today, I am disgusted at our society.