Why Blindness?

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Chapter 1: In The Beginning
(by Jake, added on 22 May 2011 09:32 PM)


Hello. My name is Jake and I am the newly-elected President of the Nurturing Federation of the Blind. I am here today to tell you about blindness. No I don't want your stinking opinions about how you think blindness should be. I will tell you how it is. First off, let me clear up one big misconception that everyone has. There is not just one way to be blind. In other words, our belief here at the Nurturing Federation of the Blind is that the world isn't just black or white. It makes absolutely no difference whether you can't see anything at all except for pitch black; or you can see just a little bit; or your vision is perfect. Everybody is equal here at the NFB! You see, many years ago back in the late 50's there was this huge argument among what was then known as the National Federation of the Blind. However, most people knew them simply as the NFB. But back to the argument. People in the NFB got so mad at each other, they began pushing and shoving and getting into violent physical fights. Children who were once friends, were now enemies for life and were strictly prohibited from talking to each other, let alone playing together.


Chapter 2: The Argument That Spawned It All
(by Jake, added on 22 May 2011 11:37 PM)


We left off with the argument in the National Federation of the Blind. Do you remember that? Great. So they kept arguing and arguing among each other, and none of them seemed to want any kind of mediation, forgiveness, no none of that! These people just kept on clawing at one another, and putting each other down for this and that. Finally one hot summer day they decided it was time for a bit of change. So, they broke up. The founders and their flock went one direction and the others ended up starting a group of their own. They tried various names, but none of the names stuck. This continued on into the wee hours of the morning and all of a sudden, one of them suggested the American Council of the Blind. They all agreed on that name, and it was shortened to ACB. They adopted their own Constitution and bylaws, totally separate from the boisterous National Federation of the Blind. The groups even had their own Presidents, believe it or not. The groups has separate views about blindness. But, some of these views overlapped and coincided with the other group's thinking. Well, this did not sit well at all with me. Being the entrepreneur I was, I decided that it was time for a third group. Thus began the Nurturing Federation of the Blind. As stated in the beginning of my story, we believe that blindness can take many forms. Everyone is different, so why have a "one-size-fits-all" philosophy? That just wasn't gonna fly in my books, so a group of friends and I got together and formed our own NFB. So there you have it. What is left of the old NFB, I don't want any of it. As for the ACB, they are living happily ever after right there in Virginia. The End.


Chapter 3: The Argument That Spawned It All
(by Jake, added on 22 May 2011 11:48 PM)


We left off with the argument in the National Federation of the Blind. Do you remember that? Great. So they kept arguing and arguing among each other, and none of them seemed to want any kind of mediation, forgiveness, no none of that! These people just kept on clawing at one another, and putting each other down for this and that. Finally one hot summer day they decided it was time for a bit of change. So, they broke up. The founders and their flock went one direction and the others ended up starting a group of their own. They tried various names, but none of the names stuck. This continued on into the wee hours of the morning and all of a sudden, one of them suggested the American Council of the Blind. They all agreed on that name, and it was shortened to ACB. They adopted their own Constitution and bylaws, totally separate from the boisterous National Federation of the Blind. The groups even had their own Presidents, believe it or not. The groups had separate views about blindness. But, some of these views overlapped and coincided with the other group's thinking. Well, this did not sit well at all with me. Being the entrepreneur I was, I decided that it was time for a third group. Thus began the Nurturing Federation of the Blind. As stated in the beginning of my story, we believe that blindness can take many forms. Everyone is different, so why have a "one-size-fits-all" philosophy? That just wasn't gonna fly in my books, so a group of friends and I got together and formed our own NFB. So there you have it. What is left of the old NFB, I don't want any of it. As for the ACB, they are living happily ever after right there in Virginia. The End.




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