Tuesday, April 19, 2011

When WON'T a nypical look you in the eye?

Just got done reading Be Different by John Elder Robison.  Interesting stuff.  Although I needed to listen to Dr. Temple Grandin in the beginning, to have faith that just because you're different doesn't make you worthless...Robison's book tells me just because you're different doesn't mean you can't outsmart your detractors.  He found a way to succeed because of his differences, not in spite of them.

Anyhow, I read the book, and I like the word "nypicals" because it is amusing.  Kinda deragotory in a way...like "don't take yourselves so seriously", just because you can see the splinter in someone else eye, and not the log in your own.  Nypicals tend to be hypocrites, but cannot see it. They are blind to their own disabilities.

Something about this book helped me see the hypocrisy in nypicals.  I started observing them in the same way I used to feel observed by them.  And you know what?  They really are amusing.  They take themselves SO SERIOUSLY, all the while attempting to be Aspergerian-lite. An Aspergerian-lite is anyone who sees themselves as an authority on anything. Then they go all Sheldon (ala Big Bang) on you, like YOU are the idiot.  Good stuff.

So, when will a nypical not stare at your eyeballs? 

When they are pissed.  When they want you to disappear from their world.  When you don't exist to them.  The same reason our kids use.  They find us odious manipulators.  Nypicals find us odious people not able to be manipulated.  Makes you want to make SURE you make eye contact with them, for once.  Tit for tat.

Aint life grand?

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