Last night we watched another Netflix show about the oil disaster on Deepwater Horizon. They showed the real life people at the end to sort of give us a where are they now perspective. My wife was troubled because the actress in the lead role was about 15 sizes smaller than the woman she portrayed. Neither was fat but it was such a clear instance of body-type racism. We none of us wants a one-size-fits-all approach (not in education — my field — and not in any other way) we want to be seen as unique who we really are…. but we so rarely are able to afford the same treatment to those around us. empathy is in short supply these days, respecting the real range of normal and the real power of diversity and not insisting on a narrow band of people “like us”. We’ll need to emerge from this dark age if we want to reach for our full and true human potential and embrace, accept, make real room for all those on earth with us. Thank you for such a courageous and clear essay/statement. You are a strong and talented writer.