In this talk, Love, no matter what, Andrew Solomon looks at the unconditional love of a parent; particularly in situations where the child is different in some way to what is considered to be the norm. His research is absolutely fascinating and examines the topic as it applies to autism, dwarfism, homosexuality, downs syndrome and even the extreme of your child as a murderer and that’s just for starters. It also highlights the crossroads that we are at now with our potential to eliminate certain differences from our world through medical technology. For example apparently there is science on the way that will allow us to identify Down Syndrome even earlier in a pregnancy. However if we were to terminate all Downs pregnancies there would be no Downs community anymore. How would that change the world? The talk moved me to almost tears a number of times. I know the childless folk among us (especially those childless by choice) find it really condescending when you say that you cannot understand the love you has for a child until you have one but there is really no other way to explain the feeling so that way will have to do.
I love TED Talks. If you’ve not heard of them or seen one before get over there and check them out. Absolutely fascinating stuff.