Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Correct Thinking

It seems too often that thoughts or patterns of thoughts are described as incorrect when that's not the case at all. Too often this discourages diverse or unconventional thoughts and ideas. This is a luxury that no society has ever been able to afford and we won't survive that way.

While unconventional ways of thinking may not immediately be seen as practical, that doesn't mean that it isn't practical. Often what is standing in the way of progress is the way someone with little or no experience at being listened to has not developed the best way to transfer their diverse ways of thinking into a more conventional form that others can readily understand. Then there is of course the matter of more conventional thinkers not training themselves to listen and explore ideas that are outside of the"normal" box which starts or keeps the cycle going.

In many ways I see the larger group mentality (or herd) as being in charge of things. That includes the decisions as to how the majority is described as thinking and even how many people it takes to make a majority. So many people are not factored into what is described as the majority because of economic and social status. My thinking is that the majority of less influencial people are not seen as having something worthy to say. Then they don't say it or when they do, it isn't seen as having validity which discourages people from attempting to influence others.... and it can and often does discourage them from feeling that they have any influence on any aspect of their lives. Which came first isn't nearly important to me as people making real efforts to turn that around.

I feel privileged to be able to learn things online from people who not only think in what are often described as unconventional ways (although they think in ways closer to the way I think and seem more practical to me), but people who are willing to question convention and challenge it.

It seems like diversity would be approaching the extent of it's usefulness if there were too much inclusion such as describing the misbehavior of serial killers as someone having a series bad days. That doesn't seem like the extreme that is the most threatening to our society at this point.

How can we rationally discuss the crime rate when the laws of capitol punishment are being endorsed by a president who was previously the govenor of a state where so many innocent people were put to death by the legal system for not being able to secure adequate council.

How can the the United States approach the problems of immigration when we owe so much of the foundation of the country migrant workers? How can this be discussed rationally when the current president and his family owe so much of their wealth and their future wealth to migrant workers? You can hardly say you own something if someone unwillingly bought it for you.

I wonder if people who are trying to figure out who (if anyone) should help with the mortgage crisis remembers that this land was taken over from people who didn't believe that land could or should be owned.

How do we approach the problems of public education when states are promoting the sale of lottery tickets to fund the schools instead of being more responsible with other funding and expenses.... or when those who purchase so many of those tickets can't afford them (many because a public school system that failed them) and they are then blamed for being useless eaters that don't know any better and/or that don't matter.

Crime prevention doesn't start with guns and more police. Practical ways to get around problems get stiffled when people depend on punishment motivation and neglect mothods of empowerment. A lot of problem prevention starts with empowering kids and adults so people have a future to look forward to.

If someone wants to explore with me better ways of doing things, I don't want to argue with them. I want to listen. I want what isn't working to change.

How is anyone's approach to civil rights, autistic rights, and neurodiversity even an inconvenience to anyone unless something they say makes some sense to someone.

Forgive me if I don't always know how to respond when someone takes me seriously. I'm not very accostomed to it. However, don't let that stop you. I'm looking forward to getting used to it. :)

So, where are all those neurodiversity bloggers who are preventing or trying to prevent kids from recieving support? I haven't seen them.

A lot of so-called science isn't being challenged and when bloggers that actually can and do challenge the conventional methods of treatments and therepies for autistics that have been harmful and that have the potential for being harmful to others....and they get intimidated and bullied....who's future is served?

When I see people making a lot of effort to disempower people before they have been empowered.... or when they make irrational, unfounded accusations about someone who is saying something that challenges convention , I am likely to label them as part of the problem.

Monday, April 07, 2008

What's it all about Cliffy?

This is a great video by Autism Diva.
Thanks Kathleen. I'll support you any way I can.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pity Never Serves Justice

I am encouraged that the autism awareness campaign has only designated one month out of the year as "Autism Awareness Month". I am happy that there are still 11 months that are not considered "Autism Awareness Month."

Until there are campaigns that promote who autistics really are, all other campaigns are to likely to spread the misinformation that has caused so much problems for autistic people in the past.

Not only is spreading misinformation not helpful, but calling attention to misinformation described as helpful can be very harmful.

When I looked at the mainstream media yesterday on how this campaign was being described, the word that came to mind was "pitiful".

When I thought of all the problems that were associated with pitiful attitudes I felt like vomiting. I didn't need any heavy metals chelated from my body nor were there any typical behaviors that I was in need of learning. The dis ease I was feeling was a societal attitude that I have too often digested and the best chance that I have at being healthy is learning to reject this toxicity.

There is nothing I haven't seen that I need to in order to feel more compassion. Pity is a convenient way to ignore the effort, diligence, and patience that it takes to be compassionate. Justice requires compassion. Pitiful justice is unjust.

I heard Senator Obama say recently in a speech that pain trickles up. It reminded me of a boil that has become ripe enough to lance.... or a volcano that couldn't stay quiet any longer.... or a landfill that continued to stink. What we waste will not continue to stay hidden. It seems we fight wars on soil where we dig deep into the earth to extract fossil fuel and yet we find more and more ways to ignore and waste what is REALLY our greatest resource which is human lives and human potential.

Asking the question of whether or not autism is a disability or not can prevent us from looking at the poor and convenient attitudes that disable us all. The main thing I've heard the disability community in the US ask for from the larger or more accommodated public for many years is respect and empowerment. Instead this population is told that this is not what they REALLY want.

Christopher Reeves never seemed motivating at all to me. I in no way mean to minimize what his pain and struggles were. However, he neglected to learn about the struggles of others in the disability community along with what they were working toward and what had already been learned about in the best ways to achieve that. This alienated many people and prevented rather than helped anyone's cause.

If the money that is spent on research to cure autism or eradicate us by trying to isolate the gene that makes us autistic for one year was used instead to empower autistics, they may find this to be a much better investment.

When people pity other people, the pity pot just gets deeper, wider, and more difficult to escape. True compassion can truly enable and empower people when everyone can see the attitudes that are disempowering and how to move beyond them.