Talk Tuesday: Finding Acceptance With Dory

“The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” -Brian Tracy
Energetic, happy, curious, determined, and free spirited they are, children offer the world a dose of inspiration. Through their innocence, when they are at a young age, children embrace all; they are nonjudgmental. Children speak what is on their mind, leaving no mystery behind their thoughts. It is when children become more exposed to the world that they start to lose that open-mindedness, and begin to act on what they see and are taught. This can be a good and bad thing because children are impressionable. So, instead of teaching hate, teach love. Instead of teaching exclusion, teach inclusion. Instead of teaching stereotypes, teach open mindedness. Teach acceptance. The new movie, “Finding Dory,” seeks to do exactly this.
We were first introduced to the kind hearted fish, Dory, in the 2003 movie, “Finding Nemo.” On the path to finding Nemo, who went missing, the journey turned into one of self discovery. Dory ends up showing a father that he must learn to trust his son, Nemo, by giving him room to experience new things in his life. However, in “Finding Dory,” this time, she is the one on self discovery; trying to find her parents. But, just like the prequel, Dory is teaching another lesson; acceptance. In “Finding Nemo,” we saw a glimpse into Dory’s struggle with memory, but in this sequel, we are beginning to realize that her memory problem is actually due to a long-term disability. In the movie Dory’s forgetfulness is presented as something she had since birth.
Director Andrew Stanton, said he was not trying to portray any particular disability, but rather show the challenges that one can pose, and how Dory found the need to apologize for it. We live in an able bodied society that makes it hard for differences to be embraced. In addition to Dory, her friends also have various disabilities; visual impairment and anxiety. The movie shows that disability does not mean inability. Dory and her friends may carry out their tasks differently, but the fact is that they can do it, and are not giving up on themselves. They have faith in their abilities, and so should you. “Finding Dory,” is currently in theaters. I urge you to go see this movie, and if you can, take a child with you. It offers insight into a world that people have so many misconceptions about.

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