I think this post is the perfect reply and conclusion to the disability argument that so often (and at least for me, baffingly) pops up when the discussion on KS's main theme comes into light.Xanatos wrote:Yes, the runner who literally runs from all problems and cannot commit to a partner handles herself fine? The trauma case who goes into paralyzing panic attacks just from mention of her birthday functions perfectly fine? The girls whose ears and eyes don't function, one of whom has a severe interpersonal barrier as a result?MegaMoto wrote:All the people we meet in KS can function perfectly fine and can handle themselves.
Your friend is right. Going to lengths to act as if it's not there is as much patronizing bullshit as constantly going out of your way to help them as if they're broken.
@Oddball: ...Not in any way that matters, but yes. Add in the trauma she's loaded with as well as the resulting interpersonal issues and then it becomes significant. To claim no difference in the girls is either patronizing or delusional.
On topic: For me, the core of KS never had to do with disabilities or seeing people as people or whatever... It had to do about the value of life. A young man who lived a rather unremarkable life suddenly gets told he has a heart condition, and after losing the previous life or place in the world he had, he has to find a way for himself and figure out what his life means to him amidst all the fear and uncertainty. KS was never about a romance either, but just in deeply knowing a particular person and how both you and her affect each other and what your actions mean and what they make you.