I wondered to myself what does that even mean? Then about, 0.000003 seconds later, I realized, this is relativism, of an even stronger ontological type.
A while earlier the downtown Chicago Metropolitan Library had massive ads hanging from its outside which said “Be Part of the Ordinary.” I was equally confounded…since I've been used to being educated to excel, stand out and see the importance of diversity. Why the strange juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory concepts coming from the same source of public education?
The next day, getting off the train to walk towards my house, I heard the drums of a brass band and engines. The street was lined with observers, But this band was different. There was a rainbow flag hanging from the tuba and the jeep, and the shirts of the marchers were not uniforms but rather “Chicago's Gay Pride Marching Band.” I didn't know we had such a marching band until that day. They were indeed quite proud – especially since as I turned to walk home I felt a palm quickly slap my chest. Thinking the worst, I look down to find an “Equality” sticking to my polo, and looked up too see a lady quite excited that I was joining her movement.
To continue the story, the next morning I got off the train again at State and Lake. As I walked towards my office I saw a man selling the magazine pictured below. He told me the picture was worth $00.10, so we settled that.
Before you think I'm going to criticize the cover of this magazine, let me just say that I have nothing against disabled people or disabilities. Some people will say I have one after this article…of being too analytical. But most people will say the cover really is trying to communicate that “Disabled people are people too and they aren't any less valuable.”
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