Lincoln, UK - Lincoln Cathedral and "Go and do thou likewise”
We were made in God's image, we were all created equally and nobody is superior than the other. God made us so that we are able to respect and honor one another but as a people we seem to praise specific features but alienate others. In society we look to the next person to help the ones in need while we watch from a distance because its not of any beneficial gain to us.
“Go and do thou likewise” when you hear this verse what do you think it means ? The scripture is in Luke Chapter 10:30-37. In the scripture is a story about a man who desperately needed some help, he was attacked by a bunch of bandits and left lifeless on the streets. Day after day people will walk pass this man and not even take a hand to help him.
Until one day a man stopped and took him to his house and decided to help this poor man, there he had olive oil and bandages to treat his wounds. Over the course of the days the man was able to get back on his feet and made a promise to the good Samaritan. He told this kind man that he was going to pay his bills. Towards the end of the story Jesus asks one of his disciples “Now which of these three was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?’’ The disciples replied with ‘’the one who showed mercy.’’ Then Jesus answered back to them and said “Yes now go and do the same’’.
In this story Jesus explains to us that there shouldn’t be a price to being kind to people. Being kind should come from within and should be genuine. Being treated the way you wanted, something simple like that can even save a person’s life. As you can see in the story, the man was left on the streets to die, everybody walked passed by him until the good Samaritan saved his life. This shows that one random act of kindness can possibly change someone’s life. Being kind doesn’t literally mean saving someone’s life, it can also be the simplest things such as standing up for someone. You never know what the person is going through, something like that can have a big impact on the person. Towards the end of the story Jesus answers to his disciples and says “have mercy on others’ meaning have compassion towards others, no matter what they look like. Everybody should be treated with respect.
During the middle ages, the disabled was seen as an outcast in the community. They were seen as low in a social setting. During this time religion was seen as something very important in society. Priests and religious leaders believed in order to be healed you would have to confess your sins. Confessing your sins was a way to cleanse the soul. In this time it was believed that the body and the soul was one. Many priests accepted that if an individual was a sinner and didn’t cleanse their soul they would have ‘infected’ other people with their sinfulness. According to Patron Spaces for the diabled it says ‘’the contagious nature of sin was so feared that many patrons of medieval hospitals(including Bishop Sufflield)stipulated that someone should be at hand to hear the patient’s confession before he or she was allowed in the hospital.” Hearing someone’s confession was more important than treating the individual, it was as if they feared sin.
During this time, many hospitals didn’t have the technology we use today. Many patients couldn’t get the medicine or drugs to treat their problem. Because of lack of education and expertise doctors or surgeons weren’t able to prescribe medicine. Medicine was very important. The creation of penicillin and other antibiotics really helped people. The medieval ages was one of the diristest eras with no indoor plumbing and no real trash system. Everything was thrown in the streets, this caused many diseases and infections. Instead the method to this approach was herbs to treat the symptoms of the illness and confession of a prayer. Praying and confessing your sins in their eyes was the only thing that can cure the disability or illness.
As you all know during the medieval times, there wasn’t any technology to be used if a person was to get hurt. Prosthetics was something very popular during this time. Prosthetics were created to replace a missing limb it was more commonly used in battles. Archaeologists have now found a man who used a knife to replace his forearm. Studies have identified a man during the medieval era who forearm was amputated and replaced with a protetestic, a knife.
In Veneto, Northern Italy is where they found the skeleton in a tomb. The skeleton was found in Povegliano Veronese which is a medieval cemetery in Northern Italy dating back to 6th-8th centuries. There were numerous burials of men with weapons that were also discovered. Along with their discovery they found a headless horse and two greyhounds. Archaeologists found this man in Tomb T US 380. The man was in his mid 40’s and the knife was held in place with a cap, leather straps and a buckle. Dental analysis showed that he tied it down with his own teeth.
Although the device wasn’t perfect, it gave people a second chance to be able to have some type of independence and work with that independence in their rest of their lives. Prosthetics as you can see wasn’t the best during the 6th- 8th centuries but now that we have technology the prosthetic world has expanded and now people are able to enjoy any activities they want to.
To sum up everything, technology has come along way and now that we have it's there for us to make life a little bit easier. Society will always be hypocritical and not take people’s ideas and/or lives into consideration with that being said people should try to at least be kind and respect one another because you never know what type of impact you made on that certain individual or individuals.
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Frost, Natasha. “This Medieval Skeleton Has a Knife for a Hand.” History.com, 17 Apr. 2018, www.history.com/news/knife-hand-skeleton-prosthetic-discovery-italy.
Fitchburg Historical Society. Medieval Disability: An Exhibit Companion Guide by Fitchburg State University English Studies Graduate Students. 2018.