I was thinking about this guy before you put this up the other day - when thinking about a conversation I'd like to have with a couple of family members and acquaintances; about ableism and inspiration porn. I didn't watch the video. I've seen him before. Yes, he is unique and can do a lot, and that's impressive. No, I don't like disabled people being used this way. He's a regular person, also - if he knew no other way then that's the body he grew into and it was normal for him, and his mind is intelligent enough, and he had support, and he adapted. That's all.
Kimmio -----you said ---- God doesn't exploit people.---
I say -----Well ---I think God might use people here on earth to bring hope to the hopeless and to get His word out which is capable of opening up the hearts of people by the indwelling of His Faith in them ------Talking about God may spark some of theses inmates to want to know more about the God his man talks about how this man can be so positive and shows joy about his God when he was born with no limbs -----
The word you use exploit here means ------from Dictionary
ex·ploit----make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource). ----- -----make practical and effective use of.-----a bold or daring deed or feat ----
Webster's says ------Definition of exploit : DEED, ACT especially : a notable, memorable, or heroic acta daring exploit
I say ----Does God not use or utilise people as a resource for His Purpose ------I think He does Kimmio
Daniel 11:32 (NKJV)
32 Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall [a]corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
I say ---I think this man Knows God and is Strong in the Lord and is being utilised by God to Minister to these inmates ------with God we can carry out great exploits for God which brings Glory to Him ---not the man ------
I say ---Companies exploit people for their own benefit not God's benefit ----and for me there in lies the difference ----Self Glory not Glory for God -----
People with disabilities can do lots of things besides go on tour as a spectacle. Maybe God could use this man's good brain to work on prison reform behind the scenes if he wanted to help them in practical terms. Why is it necessary to be in the spotlight showcasing his disability?
If he helps some of those men feel better, who am I to say? I would just like to see more disabled people accepted as normal human beings - neither pitied, nor inspirational, just because they're disabled.
If you can get nothing else in life find some humour in bonding legalism ... until you're set free y terminal conditions of the temporal state ... after that you will become another member of the unthought ... perhaps an alien to their focus!