No one ever thinks about the little things that may be different between the hearing world and deaf world. There are many things that one culture may find acceptable that the other may not agree with and visa versa. There are many other aspects of the deaf culture that are different than the hearing culture. I also understand that this may not be true for every single deaf person around the world but this is what I have learned. You may be wondering exactly where I am going with this.
Well have you ever walked down the hallway and saw two deaf people signing with each other? When you see them you wonder which path you should take to get around them. I am not going to give you the correct answer because I want to know what you the people think should be done in this situation. Please leave a comment below explaining which path you would take and why?
1. Stop mouth excuse me and wait for them to stop signing so they may let you pass.
2. Squeeze your way around them in hopes to not bug them.
3. Walk between them but slouch so they are still able to see each other sign.
4. Walk between them like normal without stopping ignoring the fact they are signing.
Finding the correct path to take may not be the only thing you never thought about. Have you ever thought about how many hearing people are always looking for ways to get around a subject? Many deaf people are the exact opposite where they aren’t afraid to be blunt with you. A great way to think about it is that in the hearing culture a conversation is like the shape of an hour glass. They may talk and talk and talk for a really long time before actually getting to the point. They finally get to the point and they just continue to talk and talk. In the deaf world a conversation is like a diamond shape where they get to the point in the beginning of the conversation and with continuous talking they finally get to the point again. Being blunt is not a bad thing, it is honestly a necessity in the deaf world. Deaf people need to speak their minds because just like hearing people they want and like to be heard! I mean really sit back and think about people you know in the community.
Do you find this example to be true with the deaf and hearing people you know? I would love your thoughts on this subject as well. Do you feel that being blunt is a necessity or do you have another way of putting it? There are obvious differences between the two cultures and these are only a couple. Being different isn’t a bad thing, it just shows that we grew up in a variety of way whether it is with religion, location, schools, and many other things. What are other differences have you seen? Next blog entry I will discuss other difference there are between the cultures and also give you my answer to the hallway topic above.
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Blogger: Monica Hood
I created Deaf Insight to help spread deaf awareness. It is a place for everyone to come together to help share with the world! In this blog, I discuss my thoughts about many things. I hope you all enjoy it!