Do you know Akihiro Miwa? This is one of the most famous artists in Japan. Not only this country, but also in many countries his theater and songs are very popular. I also like his character, songs and talks very much.
This YouTube files is that he talked about his experiences at an institution for handicapped persons where he went to contribute some money for it.
I am also one of handicapped(but I am given much amount of happiness and people they help me, I think..), So that his thinking encourages me very much. The following sentences are translation of his talk in Japanese into English.
He said “I and Yukio Mishima went to the Shimada-Ryoikuen, which is an institution for handicapped persons, with solace from our charity concert.
At that time I was in trouble and didn’t have enough to contribute to others; people said that I had fallen low. There I saw handicapped children who had many difficulties; some couldn’t see, some couldn’t hear and talk with others, some people had no arms, they had only hands from their shoulders, some had no arms and legs as if they were “Daruma-San”, an autistic child hit his(or her) own head into the desk whole a day.And some volunteers were there and they were very nice.
When I saw them, I felt the people suddenly looked at me with their silent voices from their hearts, with their energies; I couldn’t understand what happened, so the voices said;
“Your trouble is just trifing. Look at us! You can walk, right? We can’t walk by ourselves and must be helped to have a wash, or we wet our pants…You can walk everywhere you want! furthermore, You can put on your favorite shoes, you have legs and feet to do it, we have neither! Nice crothings, you find at the shop, you can also put on them, because you have two arms and hands; How happy you are, you can hear, see and do everything! Why don’t you count the amount of your own happiness? You must have many things which you should thank for!”
I felt they said me so with their silent voices. And I thought that they, the handicapped people, are the “bodhisattva”, who were sent from the “other world” to encourage and give a warning to us.
His way to capture the handicapped is sometimes criticized, the critics says he doesn’t recognize their own facts correctly and he is narcissistic with regarding them as the holy persons. But I think it is more important to think of ourselves, others and the way of our own lives from his words than what he thought. If his words remind us of our happiness which we don’t usually recognize, it has enough worth to be listened to by someone.