One year ago this week I attended the Trump rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, hoping I could ask him a question. But there were to be no questions, only answers. “Build a wall. Ban Muslims. Make America Great Again.” He pounded the podium and led a cheer: “TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP!”
Here is my question, one year later: Is there a better way to make America great? Yes, I think so, and it may be that vaccine injured families are very close to the answer. Consider these thoughts from The Broken Body, by Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche, an international federation dedicated to the creation of homes and support networks for people who are intellectually disabled. “If you enter into a relationship with a lonely or suffering person,” says Vanier, “you will discover that it is you who are being healed. The broken person will reveal to you your own hurt and the hardness of your heart, but also how much you are loved. Thus the one you came to heal becomes your healer.”
I’ve set my smart phone to play a tune every morning at 11:11 to remind me to be grateful for my blessings. And to know, with Jean Vanier, that …
In every broken child,
A light is shining;
In that man in prison,
A heart is beating;
In that woman, victim of prostitution,
There is a yearning for life;
In the rich and greedy person, seeking power,
There is a child of purity;
In that young man with AIDS,
There is the light of God;
In every human person, no matter how broken, sinful, hardened, dominating or cruel,
There is a spring of water waiting to flow forth.
This year, Ben and I stood in solidarity with Hispanic, Muslim, and gay families: the lonely, frightened, and excluded; the imprisoned and the oppressed. As the autism wars intensify, vaccine injured and mandate resistant families, kicked to the curb by some mainstream media and threatened with apprehension, detainment, and forced vaccination, are feeling excluded, reviled, and oppressed. Families are banding together, starting group homes like The Autism Trust in Austin, Texas. May they find, in solidarity with other victims of ignorance, fear, and hate, that from the wounds of brokenness, healing springs.
Dan Burns is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.