Having schizophrenia is, I admit, a disadvantage. It can present a challenge, or series of them. Part of the problem is that I actually may not be as able in certain situations as others. Another part is the stigma that is attached to the illness.
Disability is actually a very common condition in our modern world. There are many types of disabilities– some mental, some physical. All present difficulties to those who suffer. I am sure that most disabled people would like to transcend their condition(s), and to be regarded as valued people.
To be clear, in recent times, most of the people in my immediate circle of family, friends and coworkers have been very supportive of my condition. They have been more accepting and encouraging than I would have expected.
I am happy about this, and I do indeed hope that other disabled people get treated with respect and decency.
All people, after all, deserve dignity. For they are born, indeed the suffer, and indeed they die. No one escapes this fate. The insane suffer and die alongside the sane. I make a plea then that this be remembered, and that we treat one another well, regardless of other factors.