When did you first meet a foreigner?

If today I heard a question “When did you meet a foreigner?”, it would be easy to answer. I had  a foreigner staying at my home last week, I talked to a foreigner over the internet yesterday, I heard foreigner speak in a street today…

In our countries there are many many foreigners these days (maybe over 1/5 in Lithuania are not of Lithuanian ethnicity), tourists fly in and out every day with cheap Ryanair or ride in simply with “Simple Express” buses. However, even though we often meet foreigners and are used to it, there are many questions to answer – where does it start? How one can meet a foreigner for a first time? What effect does it have? Is “first” foreigner any more significant than any other?

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Music within

It is very important for us not to forget disabled people in our every day lives.

Yesterday I was watching a little American film “Music Within” which reminded me the reasons why the preceding statement is true.

In early development of human societies those with disabilities would often be gotten rid of immediately after birth (remember Spartans, who, with their strict military trainings, would send a weak child to death – and weak just in a meaning of not strong enough).  I believe that for disabled – no hand or no leg, no eyesight or hearing – it would have been difficult to survive on their own in ancient or pre-historic times. The food was not reachable by spending a few bucks from a credit card, the caring system was not developed, and the motivation of parents is unknown.

Today, in our world, we must remember, that when we just come into life( are born), we come as disabled (in a sense of not being able to take care on our own). We can not eat on our own, walk on our own, even think on our own.

I think that we should compare our childhood with the life of disabled. We can look at how the disabled cope with their issues and think – was it a similar struggle for me to begin talking? Did I enjoy going around in my little wheel-chair? Was it similar to “not hearing”, not being able to understand the “bablings” of mom or dad?

In the film “Music Within”, I observed a fight a person who got a constant noise in his ear after a war-bombing.  I saw how he met friends like him – disabled in one way or another, and his fight towards ADA (American with disabilities act).

It was a serious “cry”(struggle) of what in our childhood would be real crying or screaming.

Also, not to forget, our friends might be disadvantaged. Our work colleagues might be disadvantaged. Our teachers, our neighbors, our brothers and sisters, any people close to us, and we can not, and should not, forget them.

If sometimes from a perspective they look or act like little children, it should be a reason to like or support, or communicate with them more.

Just never forget.