As I was going to sleep last night a random memory passed through my mind. I do this often. Kind of like counting sheep. This memory was of a friend who I have not seen in years. Jim was an Olympic hopeful from my home town. An exceptional skier a few years older than me. He went to Vietnam and returned minus his legs, from just above the knees. He eventually put things back together and became a successful athlete again. He won the Boston Marathon in a wheelchair of his own design. This lead him to start a business in his garage building chairs for wheelchair athletes. It quickly grew and offered various chairs, snow skis and water skis. A very successful business indeed.
During that time I helped him write and produce most of hes sales literature. I would often spend time in the shop getting details and going over ideas with him and others there. Almost all the employees there were paraplegic and used the product full time.
Jim is a great guy and well respected by all who know him. I could see this when I talked to those who worked with him. Jim also had a unique situation. When he returned from Vietnam he was fitted with prosthetic legs. He learned to walk quite well with a cane. And he added an inch or so to his height (something hr loved to point out).
One day I stopped by his house when he was washing his car (an International Scout). He smiled and explained how before his wounds he could not have reached to wash the roof so easily. He excused himself for a moment and came back out in his chair. Smiling again he explained how this made it easier than ever to wash the sides and wheels.
A couple years later when I went to the new shop to meet with him I asked an employee if he was in. "Yes, I think he is in the warehouse on his legs" he told me. "Np" another replied "He's in his chair today". "Man, he has the best of both worlds" the first guy responded. "I think it's much better to be a double amputee than a paraplegic!"
So, I guess good kind bad kind depends on your point of view.