But God has joined together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn't have any. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
How does one give more honor to parts that didn't have any? Could it be that we overlook the reasons that someone would not have honor. We overlook things like social skills or the sounds made by someone with Tourettes syndrome, or odors which might accompany someone who does not have bowel control, or other aspects of disability over which someone has little control and an inability to change. In this way, we give honor to those who "don't have any." For some, we would expect certain behaviors or abilities, however, for those with forms of disability, we altogether honor those people by not separating them, by changing the way things are done such that they can be included down to social skill standards, personal comfort, or traditional ways of doing things. In this way we honor people who by societal standards do not have honor. As we understand the lives of people who are dis-honored, we begin to understand the suffering experienced by people.
When the verse says, "If one part suffers, every part suffers with it" I believe it, but I don't see it. People in the body do not suffer because of the suffering of others whom they may not even be aware. Perhaps this is a description of something that happens that I am unaware of. I may suffer from the suffering of others in ways in which I am not aware. I am experiencing a life that is not what it should be because of those who are suffering which once again I am unaware of. So we together should be something that we are not because of the suffering of others. Perhaps if I was truly aware of the suffering of others and suffered with them I would be something that I currently am not.