The real secret is turning disadvantage into advantage.
[ID: Several screenshots from Star Trek: The Next Generation, showing Geordi, Riker, Picard, and several new characters standing on the bridge. The main new character is Riva, a Deaf man wearing a blue cloak, with red hair and a red beard, and the people known as his Chorus--three telepaths who all wear white. Riva does not speak out loud, so his Chrous reads his thoughts and translates for him.
The screenshots begin with Geordi speaking to Riva: “It is my pleasure to meet you, sir.”
The Chorus speaks Riva’s thoughts, saying: “What is that you’re wearing?”, while Riva puts his hands on either side of Geordi’s face to gesture to his visor.
Geordi responds, “A visor--it interprets the electromagnetic spectrum, and then carries the readings to my brain.”
Riva asks, “And without it, can you see?”
Geordi: “Without it, I’m as blind as a stump.”
Riva: “Then your visor serves the same function as my Chorus, which interprets my thoughts and translates them into sound.”
Riva: “And you don’t resent it?”
Geordi: “The visor or being blind?”
Geordi: “Well, no. Since they’re both a part of me, and I really like who I am, there’s no reason to for me to resent either one.”
Riva: “What is your position on this ship?”
Geordi: “I’m the chief engineer, sir.”
Riva: “It’s a blessing to understand that we are special, each in his own way.”
Geordi: “Yes, that’s the way I feel exactly.”
Riva lowers his hands from Geordi’s visor, and Geordi places his hand over Riva’s heart while they both smile.
(thank you @y-that-crazy-five-foot-two-chick and @rjalker for thinking to caption this post!)
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