Affinity, Humanity and Disability.

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The other day whilst reading a feed somewhere in my hundreds, I came across a link to a video .. this video in fact :

I instantly felt a recognition and affinity and especially wth the subtleties in the kaos (yes, oh yes, there’s subtleties), so much so it sent me hunting for more. I found it’s a creation by John Callahan who has a wikipedia entry here.

If anybody really knows me they’ll see why I like this so much. Some, like the person who complained about the ‘insensitivity’ of the cartoon shown above, won’t see anything, as they really don’t wish to see the reality of humanity in all its raw openness anyway.

You see I realise the affinity I felt was with John’s humanness, not specifically his disability.

I’m not gonna say much more except this guy has insights only other quads could recognise and does a bloody fine job pointing out some of the idiocy anyone with a disability lives around and through. A true artist.

Here’s links to some of his other stuff worth a watch:

Interview snippett

Part 1 of a tv documentary shown on Dutch TV:

and his other ‘Quads’ animated cartoon series

http://www.youtube.com/p/A0AEB52DD0A1D24F&hl=en_US&fs=1

and his songs on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/p/F80FFB55035D529F&hl=en_US&fs=1

For many years I’ve had an image in my head of an absurd cartoon that I’ve just been waiting for opportunity to be drawn. It’s the kind of image I think someone like John would appreciate and could really do justice – If there ever was such a thing in this world.

FWIW

Dave

2 thoughts on “Affinity, Humanity and Disability.

  1. that’s great! I love ‘Frannie’ the chick with lopsided boobs – is that a disability? lol My other fave is the head on a board….
    just imagine, a chair like that – and interesting that the chair is female not male. It just wouldn’t work as a man (metaphorically and literally).
    thanks

  2. Yeah Jen. I like the GAL-HAL reference and analogy. The way HAL took over in 2001 a Space Odyssey. And hows the aussie gay male nurse. lol. And all the political incorrectness that everyone thinks yet is too scared to say – it’s all just so totally wrong .. yet somehow right. The friendships are neat too.

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