Is it pitiful for the handicapped to live?

- A Practice of Dr. Takaya


Dr. Takaya is ex-director of the Biwako school for heavily handicapped children.

Recetly he published the book titled "What is to live the serious illness?"

Only to hear the title, I had to have a certain feeling of heaviness or seriosness.

His central theme of concern is laid ultimately in the question "Is it miserable for the handicapped to live?"

This is a considerably multimeaning expression in itself.

I think this question contains three sub-questions according to its logics.

Are the handicapped people the miserable being?

Is it a pitiful matter for the handicapped to live?

Should we grasp figures of the living of the handicapped as a pitiful matter?

These three questions would be concetrated to one question that is "Is it miserable for the handicapped to live?"


Dr Takaya starts to answer to his own question from the following words.

I was aware on examination. Their bodies were stiff, they showed  expressions of un-easiness. So I thought at once "Is it even better to live through these pains and disgusts?"

I know that anyone to visit our school would lose the words without exception. Because they have never experienced to see, or never imagined such extraordinary figures.

These are natural reflexes, I know, those are just impressions for the normals.

It is a feeling of stagger or hesitation, a kind of naive reflex of human, when to be stuck by the extraordinary living. It is also a certain model of recognaizing the heterogeneity.

We must recognaize the existence of people who cannot be looked indstantly as the same human as us.

It is just that time when our existent sense of values  exposes it's limits.

Dr. Takaya state frankly that they are poor to be alive,.

There is no need to negate the spontaneous feeling of compassion with complicated logics.

He maybe says "You may think so. Don't mind"

It is rather essential that how we will depart off from there, and where we seek clue.

Thanks for God, medical doctors have their peculiar business for their clients.

It is just an important thing that these children grow to the state, where they are glad to be alive or to feel comfortable.

And It is our nice task to support those processes.

Though it is very difficult to think ethically, however we medical doctors understand how to do medically. It is like a conditional reflex

We do the work to be needed in a certain meaning. That is the impotant matter.

There are no times to think about "the death with dignity".

Our works are divided into three phases.

Ultimately, we should make the child feeling joyful to be alive.

For that, we should make the child to taste a pleasant and comfortable sensation .

Therefore we should make the environment of mind and body preparing for realizing those states.

Dr Takaya also says "Our main field of daily practice is that the heavily handicapped live their life with less complaint"

Generally the human body exists in order to support a human being.

On the contrally in the handicapped, especially in heavilly handicapped persons, the body does not support a human being but even make an maracle through pains and discomfort.

Therefore they become to feel to be comfortable if the pain is relieved, and .possibly to think "I live and am glad"

The handicapped really lves even his body is an obstacle for his living.

It means that the human beings have a strong power for living.

Of course problems of the human inside i.e. "dignity" are big. It is very difficult to cut in there.

However it is possible to make the condition for those purposes.

The work to make condition is the acceptable work ethically, and is at least the work which should not be rejected.

Handicapped children are relaxed, and their breathing becomes comfortable when they feel voices and warmth of mothers.

No matter how their obstacles are heavy, their expression clears up if they feel comfortable.

Dr. Takaya is careful with this moment.

He thinks that each moment to feel comfortable is so important in the all day activity, which would be piled up one by one and eventually form joy to live.

Recenly Dr. Takaya became to think that these practices are not only the medical practice but also the educational one to lead children to growing up.

This thought was iterpreted when he has received an educational prize although he was a medical doctor.

When he has wan an education prize, he thought about the meaning of the prize by himself.

These words will be a deep calling for the meaning of education.