Reflection on genuflection
April 24, 2012 9:25 PM Subscribe
Is it rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair?
posted by AlliKat75 to Human Relations (18 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
By kneel down, I mean, down on one knee. I have been thinking about the proper etiquette for some time now, and here is where I'm at: Most of my friends are taller than I - I am 5'3", most of my friends are over 6' (I have no idea how this came to be.), and as such, most of them will sit down when speaking to me. Obviously, this facilitates better communication; but, it also eliminates their "power" position. I have never asked them to behave in this manner, but it started to dawn on me that I preferred this. When we are in situations where seating is not available, my friends will tilt their heads down - this usually eliminates eye contact, which, to me, is a bummer. I know what you're going to ask, "Do my friends ever kneel down to talk to me?". The answer is no. This is why I think it would be rude to kneel down when speaking to someone in a wheelchair. But, I come full circle to the notion that communication is easier when there are not major height differences. Perhaps I am just really over-thinking. Thoughts???