Lying in bed last night I was thinking about society (and for those that know me, yes it was all scorn and cynicism) and for reasons related to a planned paintballing trip and helmets* I got to thinking.
You know how you sometimes see special needs kids on TV (or worryingly frequently where I live) and their parents or minders are trying to give them a "normal" life style and allowing them to take part in all the things that an able bodied person can do, albeit an incredibly padded and safety conscious life style. Where does society draw the line at what these kids can do and how much it should accommodate them?
Imagine: You are paintballing, you are in a situation that revels in blurring the lines between polite society (we don't kill anyone, there are no real consequences of our actions) and the realities of war (a high adrenalin environment where we shoot at each other, it hurts, there is often no mercy). You are in the middle of a match and this mentally handicapped kid (on either team) comes up and shoots you with a paintball gun from a distance of 10m.
Do you shoot back and why?
This is a completely hypothetical question, I've never actually been in this situation, there are no right or wrong answers. Try to weigh up the idea of social acceptability with the realities of life and answer based on your own personal opinion, not what you think is expected of you.
For those wondering, I would shoot back, I'll explain why later.
*Helmets: I live in an area where there is seemingly a high proportion of disabled people and quite often while working I will see parents guiding round their disabled children who are wearing helmets for their own protection.