Beliefs are More Powerful Than the Truth

It’s only March 10 and I have binged all four seasons of the Starz original series Outlander this month. What I took away from the series so far, besides how hot Jamie Fraser looks naked, was that beliefs are more powerful than the truth.

Image taken from Outlander promo site.

Throughout this series, characters from the future tried to change history because they had knowledge of the future 200 years forward. These influences varied from things like trying to save the Mohawk tribe from inoculation, questioning the humanitarianism of slavery and the treatment of Native American people, to getting involved in political uprisings to prevent historical wars and events from taking place. But in the end, none of it worked because you cannot influence a century of people who cling to their own beliefs above everything else.

While religious influences have faded most amongst Christianity this century, this show left me wondering what I would change if given the chance. What truth would I try to show others that could possibly interfere with their own beliefs in order to try and pave a better tomorrow?

Obviously, for me, it would be to change the perceptions, understandings, and treatment of neurotypical children like mine. But I don’t think it is possible. Am I going to continue trying? Of course. I will fight until my last breath for my kids but will anything actually change for those not directly affected by it? Probably not anytime soon.

I feel like an alien from the future who is trying to progressively change the world today instead of waiting for our revolution to come. I know it is going to come someday, but I just don’t want to wait. I feel like the world around me is soiled with so many people who would call me a witch, or today’s version of one — negative.

Is it false hope to keep believing that children who don’t speak have words?

Looking past a child’s behaviors and differences to see the incredible way their brain is wired that can and will change the world someday is cheerleading, isn’t it?

Calling out the struggles these kids face because it hurts people’s feelings to acknowledge that they directly contribute to the problem?

Clarifying that it doesn’t matter what your beliefs are, our children are people too. There is no justifiable reason to treat them differently. #Truthbomb

I’ve been a part-time English Professor for almost 5 years and in that time, I have read and exposed students to a variety of literary texts. The theme of questioning beliefs and traditions remains so relevant today. We live in a society that treats disabled people like second class citizens. They get paid less, are underserved in the public school systems, and are excluded from society whether it be due to physical accessibility issues or intolerance.

I write my blog to show stories that can connect to people on a personal level. I use memoir style writing to get my readers to make an emotional bridge to our lives hoping that it will make them look at us instead of turning their head. We all know it is easier to turn a blind eye. To not say anything when you see someone else doing it.

How uncomfortable my stories make you because you can relate to a character in them or can see yourself as a villain doesn’t concern me. We are all a villain at some point. It’s what we do after we see our own reflections that count.

People can burn me for it, or call me crazy while they cling to their beliefs about what kind of person they really are and their notions about my kids, but I will keep trying to change the future world our children grow up in. 

“The truth will set you free, but first, it will piss you off.” -Gloria Steinem

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