Who is truly disabled?

We say that someone is “blind” who is misled or misleading,
Yet it is the sighted who judge by appearances.
We say that someone is “deaf” who does not understand,
Yet it is the hearing who eavesdrop and listen to gossip.
We say that someone is “lame” who is out of touch,
Yet it is those with legs who walk past others in need.
We say that someone is “heartless” who is cruel,
Yet it is those with functioning hearts who engage in violence.
We say that someone is “dumb” who does not speak,
Yet it is those who speak who say stupid things.
We say that someone is “retarded” who makes simple mistakes,
Yet it is the intelligent who make evil plans.

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