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Wow, was surprised the idea for the next one came so quickly, so here it is.

If only they could see what we're really capable of, then they'd understand!
1. Ah, the if-then-maybe equasion. Given ideal conditions A and B, it will be followed, maybe, if the fates allow, if the four winds blow the right way, when the moon is in the seventh condo, there is the slightest chance that we will acquire ideal outcomes C and D. I know we live in a society full of idealism and where it is encouraged, so all I can say is dream on, little dreamers, dream on.
2. Again we are back to the theme of the sighted as being some grand observer. Let's do this again. They are not looking at us most of the time unless they have to be directly confronted with us or they are curious or are fascinated as to how we function. Outside of that we are aliens, just like people from different cultures or even neighborhoods are aliens.
3. Very simply put, there's more to us than what we do. We are full human beings, not just creatures that do or don't do things, and many people do not even seem to have a sense of who we are as individuals, let alone what we can do. This is the tip of a Titanic-sinking iceberg, and even then ...
4. Our treatment is not about what we personally can or can't do. It is because sighted people are afraid of going blind because they fear the dark, the unknown, and mortality and disability is mortality and vulnerability to them. I guess most of them think they're immortal. This is also what their stereotypes are based on at least partially, their own ideas of what they would be like if it were to happen to them. That's the basis on their whole outlook on blind people. It's not, look at that blind person and what they're doing, it's what if it happened to me, I wouldn't know what to do with myself.
5. Let me make this point. If we put on a show and somebody created an entire planet, including life forms, with nothing but thought energy, duct tape, and one hairpin, people would look upon it and say, "Well, that's amazing for that person because that person is amazing, she exceeds my expectations, but I could never do that kind of thing, I'd kill myself trying to get a beer in the kitchen." People's low expectations of blind people are based on their low expectations of their imaginary self were they to one day be struck blind, which is so amazingly possible that it just happens all the time. So yes, people would be amazed at everything you do, but they would not think they could do such things even if they could.

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