Whenever I come out Atheist .. they assume I must have no ethics or morals whatsoever and that I am willing to do just about anything --- like lie, cheat and steal.

Anyone else have this happen to them?

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Yes it would be very fun to meet you I agree Jonathan!

Hey no fair, I wanna come too! :-)

Let's all go! It would be a fun meet-up!

Twould indeed. In my mind our travel plans are all set. But if I could will the world to be the way I imagine it to be, the world would be much different!

Yes everyone really listens to the actors and entertainment industry.

Jonathan, I like reading your narratives; you compose clearly and in almost a visually evocative manner. Being "different" because of blindness reflects badly on willingness of others to "walk in your shoes" with compassion. Your clear understanding of your introversion and reflective nature speak well of your character, and finding ways to develop your coping strategies. The fact that you played ball, rode bikes, and participated in other active sports presents challenges to sighted little boys and imagining you taking off on a spin, or playing basket ball amazes me. 

Who were the greatest influences in your life for positive attitudes and assistance in in trying such risky things?

I believe children faced with challenges of any kind need people to encourage and inspire them, even as they observe carefully to see that children are safe. Out-of-control kids I worked with had a far better chance in life if they had a "cookie person", someone who cared about them and took an interest in them.

Thank you, Jonathan, for your inspiring story and you present food for thought for those who have challenges of their own, regardless of what they might be. You also bring to attention the need of others to participate with trying new and different things. Peer support, of course, is important, and always adult support helps reduce the negative impacts of being different.

And when we come right down to the basics, you reveal that we are all in need of each other.  

Oh I really agree with you Joan; that others aren't compassionate and don't feel empathy.

Jonathan does inspire! It true Joan that we all need each other. And that's why this site is so important for us.

Hey Jonathan!

I love reading what you have to day. It wasn't long at all. You are a very talented writer.

I think you are a wonderful person and I am so glad that you are on the site.

Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

I mean what you have to "say" here. I got sloppy with my typing ... sorry

They almost deserve it, don't they? How many centuries have reasonable people endured their nonsense? To lie, cheat, and steal is to be normal. Ask any evangelical preacher about it. 

Jonathan, you shine a whole new light on the subject of blindness for me. On reflection, I know you are right. What a great gift you have given me, with your clarity and willingness to describe your experiences. I feel richer for knowing you. 

I'll encourage you Jonathan. I could read what you have to say all day. : ) I don't mind at all. You really have good insight and knowledge Jonathan that you can impart to others.

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