There is a phenomenon which is not new and that is some people are on political or spiritual or other types of missions which they think are from God Himself or other types of missions and they are so blind to people telling them otherwise that they go ahead with their call. They are like modern day Don Quixotes.
It is the vulnerable and those who are abused by these people who make a difference in Topeka. They go on despite being hurt and they don't curse anyone for their afflictions. They take the wounds and they go on. There are groups of people which some call, "victim groups," which I think is a terrible term because they truly are victims. However, they rise above.
Those with diseases like mental illness rise above every day. Faced with stigma and discrimination they fight to have dignity, respect, and compassion. Abused children are another group that rises above. African-Americans are another group. The disabled are another group. Women are another group. All of these groups are hurt in some way by people who think they are doing a good thing by telling them how to behave or by controlling their lives. And yet these groups rise above. They triumph in the face of hate.
Everyone has something they have to rise above. So this blog entry is dedicated to those who rise above every day which may mean hate or discrimination or stigma or control and hurt. Those who rise above the Don Quixotes are those who make a huge difference in Topeka. And yes, they are people who care.