Blind Ambition


“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart”
― Helen Keller



Such a beautiful title.

As for Hellen Keller, all I remember is, "Water Helen, waaater."


She used to be a unit in the curriculum I wrote for middle school. 2 movies to chose from, feminism and its role in a unified society, can you judge a society by the way it treats its handicapped, etc.

I doubt any substantive coverage of her now. Must not fit the "common core curriculum", which is the worst thing to ever to happen to education. Got some breaks; they threw out the  social studies test every 3-4 years.

Most effective propaganda campaign since WW II Germany.

H, FYI, I'm a retired male teacher who embraced the concept of feminism back in 1968- first time I heard Bernie Sanders, in Chicago. It's still,"Workers of the world unite..."


I heard of a blind girl who graduated with Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from a university that never offered “special facilities” for the disabled, even wheelchair ramps to get to the second or third floors of any building. I also heard of a deaf girl who graduated with Psychology; she read people’s lips to deal with lectures and discussions. To be both blind and deaf seems to be almost impossible without the infinite patience of Anne Sullivan. 


When I posted my last comment I hadn't even read the post. Truth be told the only reason why I recognized the name was because of an episode of South Park; it's disappointing that such an inspirational story should remain so obscure, and it's disappointing that it should reach me now as a grown man rather than as a young boy who depended on such miracle stories to grow up hopeful, confident, and ambitious.

I find her unique position unimaginable, as for myself. I do not pity her, I simply find her life striking. I found myself thinking of the different ways I could have possibly held a conversation were I in her shoes, especially at a time lacking the technology of today. It was an interesting experiment...

Nevertheless, thank you for the post.


Thinking out loud....


Back in the '50s/'60s, it was mandatory reading. My biggest fear is the re-writing of, say, Huckleberry Finn, since it is under attack. Milk toast morons want to take out "the n word".

News flash. Clemens use of the vernacular vocabulary was a first (maybe Canturbury Tales, but...) and changed the entire form of the novel in literature! How can you write about a black slave boy who speaks perfect Queens' English? That's why the vast number of period pieces are about the aristocracy. 

It's like having a movie wiyh Pee-we Herman as Mike Tyson to balance racial presence.