Thank you Penny – fantastic blog entry. Re blogging xxx
In light of Lord Freud’s so-called thinking aloud statement that some disabled people ‘aren’t worth the minimum wage’, it set me to think about how we – current society – assess the value of people.
First, some definitions from the OED, which is as good a place to start as any.
Worth – the level at which someone or something deserves to be valued or rated.
Value – the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something; the material or monetary worth of something.
Pretty much interchangeable then, and there is that word ‘deserve’ rearing its pitiful head. Of late it seems disabled people exist on a precarious tight-rope of deserving or not deserving, and this state is a variable as those flying through the political ladder-climbing post of Minister for Disabled People.
Sometimes, if not all times, you are more worthy if you…
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