Isn’t that what every parent wants? Of course there’s a great difference between our culture’s understanding of happiness and Christian hedonism!
I know the following statement has lots of exceptions; I try to stay away from sweeping, romantic statements about disability and happiness. But the contrast offered by Dr. C. Everett Koop was just too good to pass up because of how our culture views disability, normalcy and the opportunity to experience happiness:
Yet it has been my constant experience that disability and unhappiness do not go hand in hand. The most unhappy children I have known have been completely normal. On the other hand, there is remarkable joy and happiness in the lives of most handicapped children; yet some have borne burdens which I would have found difficult to face indeed.
C. Everett Koop, M.D., Sc.D.
former Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service