"More money is desperately needed for cerebral palsy research because we need to be raising productive members of society."
At first glance: um... OK?
On second glance: um NOT OK.
We need to be raising productive members of society.
As opposed to what, I ask? As opposed to my son as he is right now? Are you saying he is a drain on society because of his inability to be "productive"?
How about we advocate for more research dollars because we don't want to see our children suffer? Or how about we advocate for more research dollars because we don't want another child's life cut short because of a debilitating disease? How about we advocate for more research dollars because IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.
But raising productive members of society? What does this mean anyway? That our value as human beings is in how much we are able to produce? That unless we are contributing to economic growth, we are somehow less than? That every other person with sickness, disability, or an extra chromosome are a drain to the system?
Where is our sense of humanity when the only thing we will settle for is absolute perfection? I would argue that a society without a Jack is a society that is a whole lot less bright and meaningful.
Of course I want a cure for cerebral palsy, but it's not because I'm lamenting the fact that I can't raise a son that will go out and produce, produce, produce. My son is not a drain on any system. Quite the opposite, actually.
Can we see past the rhetoric to the humans behind the phrase? Trust me, being "productive" ain't all it's cracked up to be.