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<div> —  <p>Helen Keller</p><p>(In the memory of Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan)</p> </div><span>I am only one; but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.</span>
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Quando una delle porte verso la felicità si chiude, se ne apre un'altra.
Spesso, però, noi fissiamo tanto a lungo la porta chiusa da non scorgere quella che ci è stata aperta.
(Helen Keller)

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<div> —  <h2>Helen Keller<br></h2> </div><span>I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.</span>
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What’s your vision?

For the Marvel Optics scholarship 👓 🎓

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Twitter Reacts To Helen Keller Denial Conspiracy Theory

Twitter Reacts To Helen Keller Denial Conspiracy Theory

Last year, an unfortunate conspiracy theory spread all over TikTok denying Helen Keller’s disabilities and achievements. Welp, the truthers are apparently back at it as ‘Helen Keller’ trended on Twitter this week for all the wrong reasons. So where the hell did this theory come from? At the beginning of 2020, crass Helen Keller jokes were trending on TikTok, which might have inspired TikToker…

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.“ -Helen Keller

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” -Aristotle

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.“ -Anne Frank

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated.“ -Maya Angelou

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas A. Edison

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.“ -Babe Ruth

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” -Audrey Hepburn

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We have to do the best we are capable of. This is our sacred human responsibility. Albert Einstein

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. Helen Keller

A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot. Joe Vitale

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now. Napoleon Hill

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot

You can be happy where you are. Joel Osteen

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things. Joe Namath

You can kill the dreamer, but you can’t kill the dream. Martin Luther King Jr

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr

Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. Martin Luther King Jr

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God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.” ~ William Booth

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” ~ Corrie Ten Boon

Cleverness is cheap. It is faith that He praises.” ~ George Macdonald (

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows. Helen Keller

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning

You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated

Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle

All things are difficult before they are easy. Thomas Fuller

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. Dale Carnegie

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Okay, ummm

There’s apparently a whole “thing” now where people think Helen Keller wasn’t a real person…?

Like, I thought it was some meme I wasn’t understanding, but no… apparently people believe this. It’s all over Tik Tok, and apparently it trended on Twitter.

People think there’s no way she was real because she couldn’t have learned language being deaf and blind. Some people are going to so far as to say someone can’t be both deaf AND blind.

Like… I can’t.

But I’m also curious… are they no longer teaching about Helen Keller in school? Like, I remember learning about how her teacher would get Helen to put one hand on her throat and put the other under running water, and the teacher would keep saying “water”, so Helen could feel the word.

Like, I know there was more than that to learning language, and I think the teacher was also spelling words on her hands and stuff, but I have always remembered the water part specifically. But now I’m wondering if this is a standard thing taught in schools, or did I just assume it was??

I am also incredibly concerned that there are people (and, even more terrifying, mostly YOUNG people), who think you cannot have language if you’re deaf and blind. Like, Helen Keller lost her sight at hearing as a toddler. I imagine if someone were born deaf and blind, it would be much harder to teach them language, but toddlers learn language before they can actually talk… I don’t understand how it is so unbelievable that she could have learned to communicate, and read and write.

And like, I understand that she was not a saint, and she did express some very problematic views and opinions and there are reasons to dislike her (I mean, I don’t know much about who she actually was, we only really learned about how she learned to communicate), but like… pretending she didn’t exist and claiming that deafblind people don’t exist or that they can’t learn to communicate is just so fucked up.

Between this, and people claiming the weather in Texas is a government conspiracy and snow is fake, and the rise of Christian fundamentalism, and flat earthera and anti-vaxxers and like, all of QAnon… I have concerns. Let’s try to avoid Dark Ages 2.0, okay? Please??

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The most famous blind and deaf person to ever live was trending on social media platforms today and the internet is trying to figure out why… Because what the hell else is there to do during this pandemic. 

I personally wasn’t very fond of her. I never knew her personally (thank God) and aside from having to learn about her in school, the only positive thing I think she’s brought the world are all the funny jokes about her. They are fucking hilarious, will NEVER get old, and if they offend you, take the blind person cane out of your ass and have a laugh why don’t you. Yes Helen Keller was blind and deaf, but she was born in the 1800s for christ sake. What the hell was there for entertainment? It’s not like people with working eyes and ears back then could enjoy those senses that much anyway. And it was probably nice being blind and deaf back then. You literally had an excuse for never doing anything. 

“Can you do the dishes?” Uhh… I’m blind.

“Can you take the washboard down to the creek and clean the pants I just pooped in?” Well… Yeah again, I’m blind. 

“We need someone to watch the baby today while we’re away in town.” Um… You really want a blind and deaf person watching your bratty kid? 

I mean come on, does that really sound that bad? People worked their fingers to the bone every single day back then. The only time this bitch worked her fingers was when she read brail or flipped you off. Big fucking deal. And don’t even get me started on how she still went to college despite her disabilities. We all know at least a couple of people who are too stupid to read with normal functioning eyes, let alone in brail and they still went to college. It couldn’t have been that hard. And talk about having excuses lined up for when you didn’t do well on an exam. Instead of “my dog ate my homework,” imagine being able to tell your professor you didn’t study simply because your roommate moved your notes to other side of the room. Automatic A every time. 

I could go on and on with my fake/sorta kinda real disdain for Helen, but I feel like you get the point. So why was she trending? It wasn’t her birthday today. It wasn’t the anniversary of the first time she successfully picked her nose without poking her eye (as if it actually mattered). So why? Well, for whatever reason there were many people today who took to social media to spread a theory that Helen Keller never actually existed. Some are also saying that while she maybe did exist, she definitely never wrote a book or did anything worth remembering her for. This just goes to show that the internet will find a way to hate on everyone, including our most beloved blind and deaf person. Does she deserve the hate? Depends who you ask I guess. And in conducting my incredibly thorough research on the matter, the one article I skimmed through said it seems as though the majority of these conspiracy theorist Helen haters are teenagers. Surprising. I know. If there’s one thing this generation of teens has taught is, it’s that absolutely no one is safe when it comes to their online playgrounds. 

But regardless of whether or not she existed or did anything worth mentioning with her dark and quiet life, Helen Keller will forever be a part of our history. Kind of ironic, isn’t it. Someone you read and hear so much about, wasn’t able to do either. 

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My little sister told me she doesn’t believe that Helen Keller was a real person and like. I don’t know what to do with that information.

She’s like “there’s no way she was both blind and deaf, that’s just too much for one person” and I essentially blue screened for a solid minute before I told her “Yes??? She was real???? And there are people???? Right now on this planet?????? That are both blind and deaf??????” And she said “seems fake but okay”

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<div> —  Helen Keller, 22nd February, <i>Staying strong </i>by Demi Lovato <br> </div><span>We can’t neither see nor touch the most beautiful things in the world. We must feel them by our hearts.</span>
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<div> —  <b>Helen Keller</b> </div><span>When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.</span>
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<div> —  Helen Keller </div><span>La vida es una atrevida aventura o no es nada.</span>
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I’ve noticed that the most recent ableist trend on Tiktok is straight up denying the existence of Helen Keller, OR saying she couldn’t do as much as she did because of her disabilities, OR that no one could possibly be “deaf AND blind.” (Notice how the narrative keeps changing? That’s because they want to keep their little ‘joke’ rolling as long as they can whenever they get called out for their ableism).

Now as an American, I know damn well that most of us had to learn about the entirety of Helen Keller’s life during a single week in the third grade, so I bet there’s some valid confusion out there. I understand that completely. However Helen Keller was a “special interest” of mine when I was younger, I’ve read her own autobiography as well as dozens of biographies, and know a whole lot of information that could possibly clear up the valid confusion.

Wanna hear about her socialist ideas? Her secret lover? How she flew the plane? Her on again/off again interest in social eugenics? How language could develop so late in someone her age? My personal theory about how she may have been manipulated as a disabled child star (a very abused and mistreated group even in modern times, even those without disabilities), so parts of her story may have been romanticized by her family just to make a profit? Seriously, shoot. I knew way too much about this woman as a bookwormy middle schooler and would be happy to make this knowledge useful to others. And no question is a dumb one, I assure you. Feel free to reply to this post or send me something on anon.

But please, for the love of god, DON’T be willfully ignorant. This shit is SO derogatory, so ableist, and the continuation of this useless theory WILL have immense negative impacts on the modern deaf-blind community. And frankly, for how much social justice and activism I see come out of Tiktok, it’s infuriating how hollow all those sentiments are when disabled people come into play.

And in case you’re curious, here’s an amazing video from the lovely Jessica Kellgren-Fozard with an in-depth discussion on the good, the bad, and the ugly of Helen Keller, as well as an important discussion on our society’s need to “angelicize” those with disabilities.

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