Monday, January 18, 2010
The Pill Question
It seems to be popular in the stuttering community to ask the question "If there was a pill that cured stuttering, would you take it." Sometimes, I imagine it's used simply as a conversation starter among stutterers shy about talking. I have the sneaking suspicion that it may also be used by speech therapists in a counter-intuitive manner to suggest to stutterers that they should see positive sides to their stuttering.
Since the question seems to be a bit of a cliche now, I'd like to rephrase it to start a new discussion, and make a different point.
If there was a pill that caused life-long, incurable stuttering, do you think that non-stutterers would take it?
Ahhh... that's different, isn't it? Compare and contrast the two questions.