Abcarian: A speech-impaired John Fetterman is better than a fast-talking Mehmet Oz?
John Fetterman (left) and Mehmet Oz.
BY ALI SADRAT
John Fetterman’s recent comments on the nature of the world to everyone with a hearing impairment or disability, including President Barack Obama, sparked debate, controversy, and confusion. What is important is that John’s comments sparked some thought and conversation surrounding the nature of the world to people with auditory and visual impairments.
In March of this year, John Fetterman, President Barack Obama’s special assistant to the president, gave a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The key points of Fetterman’s speech can be summarized as follows:
1. He said that the world is not as large as we tend to think it is. We live in the world’s most small and compact way.
2. The world is not as large as we tend to think it is. Our lives are limited; everything we do is focused on a few things, such as the immediate family, our career, church, and sports.
3. The world is not as big as we tend to think it is. There are few people who are truly happy, and the world is not filled with joy.
4. The world is not as big as we tend to think it is, either.
According to John, the world is getting smaller. In his words, “We are becoming more and more alike as we grow up.” But there are other interesting things in John’s speech; for example, his description of humanity as “the biggest thing” on the face of the planet.
John’s comments on the world to people with a hearing and vision disability got a lot of attention. So what was