Encouraging disability is very subtle, deceptive, and prevalent in modern society. Claiming that people's lack of ability causes the biggest problems is as harmful as claiming that it is people lacking confidence in their ability to do as well as others, which mainly prevent them from doing so. BOTH can be used to support the validity in societal standards. The fear and shame which are used to promote these standards are how disability is created.
The narrow set of ideals which are said to encourage people to overcome their circumstances are subjected to lots commercial influence. This value system teaches people to buy from a narrow range of products to aid with mass marketing. The less you appear like the commercial models the less you have confidence in your unique ability and your ability to make wise decisions. We are not only taught to evaluate ourselves this way, but we are taught to use it to project shame onto everyone else.
To believe that the standards are actually set to empower lots of people supports the belief that the number of abilities which are encouraged is enough to validate a broad range of diversity. If we already have acceptance of enough neurodiversity and diversity in culture then the only reason anyone isn't doing well is because they're using excuses rather than trying. Telling people that they are using excuses doesn't empower anyone.
As long as we stay narrowly focused on the specific narrow range of abilities we have been taught to glorify, we will accept the false belief that rewards are fairly distributed. Because this keeps us from being able to see what systematic oppression looks like, we aren't able to fight it effectively, and we will have endless and needless debates, which are nothing more than pissing contests that dilute our voting power with identity politics.
The truth is that there isn't a very wide range in amount of ability or intelligence but a very wide variety in the types of these things. It's important to remember that we haven't even begun to look at the vast number of ways that society can find value of expression and/or productivity within the range of human diversity.However, we don't need to depend of society to determine our value. We own the right to that determination and we should guard it with all our power.
If we keep supporting the current standards and the way they are made, we will eventually support our own extermination as the continual narrowing of them takes away all that we have.
Commercial advertising is intentionally deceptive. It displays a narrow view which teaches that diversity of the market system is already very broad and ethically regulated. To hear that and be constantly bombarded with a contradictory reality keeps people confused, frustrated, and lacking confidence in their own ability. This makes people afraid and ashamed and therefor even less capable of directing their future.
I encourage people to believe in themselves.It is the will within each of us that allows us to make wise and competent choices. It is when we can believe in that power without the reservations that accompanies how society deceptively and arbitrarily evaluates our worth that we will truly be at peace as well as to be able to reach our full potential.
The stars and the planets truly are 1,000,000 miles away. Our idols (entertainers and other dramatic spectacles) similarly are very distant and not a not worthy of our focus. They meet standards which someone arbitrarily chose to honor only a very few people. The way we praise them keeps us blinded and ungrounded in the chaos of someone elses brand of romanticism, so we never see and experience the beauty, there is in our own backyard.