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Question: What happened to disabled children in Old testament times!?
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Depending upon how disabled the children were, they were left to die!. "Exposure", it's called!. All cultures did it!.
It's something to listen to a bunch of frantic christians worry about abortion!. Killing children was always part of society from the earliest times!.
There was no birth control in those days - women were pregnant all the time - they ended up with a LOT of children!. Famines were common - and children born during those famines were often killed either as they were being born (with a pin into the brain) or left to die on a mountain side!.
Actual reality brings with it some pretty miserable practices!. So the bottom line is: Don't let crying christians take away your right to birth control or abortion!. They apparently can't deal with reality themselves, and they want reality outlawed for you as well!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
Hmm it was often up to the family!. But a lot of times in Rome and other places if a baby was born deformed it would be killed because they thought it was a bad omen!. They left a lot of babies on hills to die (this was based on gender as well)!. It's sick but they honestly did think if it wouldn't be useful they killed it!. Of course there were still parents who loved their children too much to harm them!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
They probably looked after them, the same way families do in Egypt now!. The family culture is much closer than in western countries!. The old, infirm, or mentally unstable are kept within the closeness of the family, whole generations of a family will live together & in peace!.
I lived in Egypt for 2 years & saw this first hand, they dont judge a person by their illness or deformity, they dont put their old into homes!. My Egyptian husband was horrified when he found out we do that in the west, he said that when my folks get too old, or if only one is left, he wants them to be with us, nice thought!.
They live in the old ways, so i guess thats how it was!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
Disability through history is a very complex subject due to many circumstances and situations but especially due to the lack of information and ignorance that in some centuries and years the world lived!.
Starting from the definition or meaning of the word: Disability,some people use the word: Handicapped,people with disadvantages,People with Special Needs or cripple, I think the word: Disabled is the best word for describing our condition!.
Lack of Information in the sense that for years the topic about disability was a taboo,this combinated with the ignorance that through years people in our world showed about disabled people or disability issues,in many cultures being disabled was (sadly is still considered) as a Punishment of God,also being disabled was a sign of being weak or inferior,with less value as a human being,due to their limitations, disabled people were killed or forced to live in the dark (hidden from other people), some other disabled people were abandoned in hospices, hospitals and mental institutions because their families couldn't "take care of them",and/or they were more "a problem for their lives" than being considered as defenseless human beings with feelings and emotions,sadly there is also the fact that for centuries and even nowadays we disabled people can be seen as freaks or less than animals,just we have to remember the case of The Elephant man-Joseph Merrick, he suffered Neurofibromatosis/Proteus syndrome
So,the silence and the veil about disabled people and disabilities was better for some centuries and also for the people,that is why we don't have too many facts and not even a chapter that speaks and teaches Disabilities through history!.
We are accustomed to read about "General History",while we study at schools, University, etc,we always get familiarized with the history of art, poetry and music,some people get fascinated with the history of war, and a few others like me,love some "specific" time: I for example love the history about the renaissance and all about the writers, lifestyle and art that was developed and alive during the middle ages!.
But as a disabled person,I have found very limitated information,I can say almost nothing about Disabled people through history,true there are the very admired "challenged athletes" and the story about Paralympics(Special Olympics) allow us to read a little about the way disabled people have made a mark and a name on the adapted sports (also called challenged sports or sports for people with disabilities,etc),there are the personalities who are disabled,people with disabilities who have existed and touched the world with their talents,creations and hardworking style through the time:
Societal attitudes towards developmental disabilities
Throughout history, people with developmental disabilities have been viewed as incapable and child-like in their capacity for decision-making and development!. Until the Enlightenment in Europe, care and asylum was provided by families and the church (in monasteries and other religious communities), focusing on the provision of basic physical needs such as food, shelter and clothing!. Stereotypes such as the dimwitted yokel, and potentially harmful characterisations (such as demonic possession for people with epilepsy) were prominent in social attitudes of the time!.
The movement towards individualism in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the opportunities afforded by the Industrial Revolution, lead to housing and care using the asylum model!. People were placed by, or removed from, their families (usually in infancy) and housed in large institutions (of up to 3,000 people, although some institutions were home to many more, such as the Philadelphia State Hospital in Pennsylvania which housed 7,000 people through the 1960s), many of which were self-sufficient through the labour of the residents!.
In some societies, Sparta for example, would leave the child to die!. If you are talking about mentally disabled children the Bible says that they go to Heaven!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
Probably some scary stuff!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com