Friday, December 10, 2010

Imagine: An Alternative Dimension (Cindy N. Ariel, Ph.D.)

I was reading John M. Ortiz's book, The Myriad Gifts of Asperger's Syndrome (2008) and enjoyed his idea of imagining an alternative dimension where: "everyone follows traffic rules; salespeople are honest; telemarketers only call based on personal requests; news is based on actual facts; politicians follow through on their stated promises; no contracts have 'small print' (this is no longer needed, since every detail is fully spelled out in plain, clear language); airline flights are never overbooked; warranties specify unambiguous facts and are consistently upheld along with their product's patent guarantees; businesses follow through on their promises and responsibilities; repair persons arrive at your home on time as scheduled; people say exactly what they think/feel without playing mind games...Workers do not call in sick unless their ill health warrants it, and do not cheat or lie to gain unfair advantages, sabotage their coworkers, or even as much as take another person's parking spot...the food we consume and the environment we live in would not be littered or contaminated with toxic chemicals and refuse because the highly sensitive people inhabiting it would be well aware of the harms of toxicity..." (pages 9-11).

Well, you get the idea. Reminds me of John Lennon (Imagine!). Also, reminds me to check my own perspective. Sometimes we do things automatically, without question, when another perspective exposes faulty logic, negative consequences, or maybe just a different way of doing things. It's why we need neurodiversity. What would we do without people who challenge our ways of thinking and offer clearer ideas and solutions?

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