Bellringer Skit - final
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 11:34:08 EDT
Jay Thal and Stan Hodge say:
<<if it's inappropriate with handicapped people attending its
<< inappropriate at any time.
<<reworked to apply more to all of us and our human foibles
Perspective Timeout: Does bellringer belittle the handicapped,
or does it show the disabled in a positive light, gainfully
employed, respected and productive in a job they enjoy?
I guess it's a matter of individual perspective, which is where the
problem exists. So many people are so sensitive about so many
issues, it's virtually impossible to say or do anything with
the certainty that no one will be offended.
<<But when I inadvertently hurt someone, I wind up wishing
I'd never opened my mouth.>> Absolutely! I would never try to
deliberately offend, but there's no way to know the sensitivities
of everyone attending all the time. Even if you attempt to re-work
a questionable skit, you may miss something hurtful to someone.
Deliberate hurt is never acceptable. "inadvertent" hurt is impossible
to eliminate. So what am I to do the next time I have a skit to perform
or approve? Is there a middle ground I can tread between insensitive
and boring? Shall we continue to discuss this by E-mail, publicly
so others can learn, or let it pass on quietly. . .
Always (hopefully) in the Spirit of Scouting
Mike Derleth, ASM T32
(Among the many hats I wear. . .)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City