Dear everybody losing their shit over that “be thankful for working eyes” tweet: I have some thoughts and you’re gonna need to click

There’s a tweet going around which says the following:

There is so much in our lives to be thankful for. Let’s take our eyes for example. The very eyes you’re reading this message with.

There are over 40 million blind people in the world. Imagine waking up each morning and not being able to see?

Say Alhamdulillah to show gratitude

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Yes, there’s ignorance behind that tweet, but only to a point, and on top of that it’s harmless ignorance. If you ask people which section of the disabled list they’re most afraid of joining, it’s the blind section. That may not be fair, and yes, it doesn’t take into account that you can live a productive life while blind, but it’s pretty damn prevalent. And that’s not going to be fixed by blind people yelling at sighted people for asking other sighted people to be thankful for working eyes. Blind people who live in developed countries have a lot of opportunities blind people living in the rest of the world don’t have, and for the blind people living in the developing world, life is a lot more difficult than it is for their sighted peers. Hell, life is difficult for blind people in the developed world. We bitch about it all the time. And I think if we’re honest with ourselves, if we were given the choice to gain sight, minus the adjustment period, a lot of us would take it. How many of us enjoy that eighty percent unemployment rate, or having to advocate for accessibility for all the selfish reasons like “I need to do my job”, “I want to play this game”, “I need to get my grocery shopping done”, ETC.? Spoiler alert: We don’t. Some of us have learned to love accessibility, and maybe we don’t even remember a time when we didn’t enjoy working to make the world a more accessible place for everyone. But loving accessibility and being willing to advocate for it are learned skills, not skills we’re born with or even skills we learn early in life, and I promise you there are days and even long periods when it’s all tiring and you just want to quit and live a normal life not caring about anyone else and not giving a damn about accessibility. So yeah, I think a random sighted person on Twitter asking other sighted people to be thankful for working eyes isn’t worth yelling over, and if it pisses you off enough to yell, then take a break from social media for a while and go outside.


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