I have thought a thinking many times: about what type of place this would be if instead of figuring out the ‘averages’ and the ‘normalities’, instead of going through a watered-down process of deciding on where to draw the line between the pathological and the poetical, instead of fitting and tailoring to tyrannical Â standards, we could instead build micro-climates where our quirks and ideosyncracies could live more happily and fantastically and freely–Â a shifting world that takes our shape.
TED just posted a talk by Temple Grandin, who spoke a few weeks ago at Long Beach and had us all in the audience on our feet clapping away madly, thoroughly moved. Diagnosed with autism (“aÂ disorder of neural development characterized by impairedÂ social interaction andÂ communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior”)Â she herself Â implodes easy dichotomies with a gracious slap: a person with autism on stage, in front of 1,000 peopled audience, communicating not only with clarity but with a strange type of undeniable force.
Yes. Yes. The world needs all kinds of minds.
And, I would say, minds need many types of worlds.