You-er than You: Steve on Misreading Dr. Seuss

‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.’ (Dr Seuss). This inspirational quote was posted on Twitter this morning. I misread it–or interpreted it?–as ‘Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is one alive who is youer than you.’ THIS struck me. I was disappointed when I reread it and saw the original.

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is one alive who is youer than you’ speaks to me as I sit here early on a misty Friday morning in late summer. There has been much talk in the media this week about happiness. As a disabled person, I am also sensitive to the public discourse and political noise about independence–the so-called ‘personal independence payment’ being but one obvious example.

The Christian story tells truer truths. I am me because we are we. I am me because He is He. My divergence from able-bodied perfection means kinship with Christ whom the Good Friday liturgy describes variously as disfigured. And He is the image of the invisible God, showing that all is image and that image is body and creates truth, not hides it. I thank Dr Seuss and Twitter and my tendency to misread things….

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