How Asperger’s / autism helps to shape my worldview

As someone on the Asperger’s/autism spectrum, I look at life, the universe, and everything from multiple angles.  My Asperger’s/autistic operating system plays no small part in that.

Autism is not my cage.  It is not my limitation.  In reality, it is my infinity.  It may appear to erect certain barriers, such as the dreaded social situations and navigating tumultuous waters of unwritten social rules.

But it also removes other barriers.  Barriers like demographics and the requirement to tie thoughts to verbiage.

My thoughts are separate from language.  I can think in pictures, animations, or feelings, without attaching any words to the thoughts.

My thoughts whisk me away to all kinds of places, through all kinds of filters.  Temple Grandin once said that her brain is like Google Images.  Mine is like Adobe Photoshop.

My world got Photoshopped, too.  Not in any sense of fakery, satire, or illusion.  Rather, through whichever lens I want to apply at any given time.  My lenses are my filters.  Between each filter, everything and everyone are “reduced” to a more “minimalist” state, in which everything is what it is and everyone is what they are, without borders or boundaries.

There is a geographical filter, where political borders and boundaries are drawn, and each person is a citizen of This nation or That one.

There are demographic filters, where each person could be seen on any one or combination of various spectra, such as those of race/ethnicity, gender, wealth, and others.

There’s a biological filter, which allows me to consider the biological processes inherent in every living being–humans, trees, plants, insects, microbes, and other animals.  Every living being has a Kreb’s cycle of one form or another.  Each takes in certain biochemical substances and releases others, all in a chorus of symbiosis.

There’s a genetic filter, in which I can visualize the theoretical/imagined genetic lineage and family tree and the nomadic movement of humans about the earth.  It’s probably not accurate, but I can imagine it nonetheless.

There’s a yin-yang filter, in which all that is in the universe could be classified according to its yin-yang makeup, creating a sort of yin-yang spectrum.

There’s an ancient elements filter, made of air, earth, water, fire, and sometimes ether (depending on the specific system used), in which the contents of the entire universe could be classified according to its ancient elemental makeup, assigning it the appropriate proportions of each element.

There’s a scientific elements filter, made of the elements on the contemporary periodic table, in which all of the universe’s contents can be classified according to its scientific elemental composition, too.

There’s a spiritual filter, which has several sub-filters.  Each sub-filter represents a particular religion or philosophy.  One is Buddhist, one is Hindu, and so on.  It’s not that I’m imagining each person as a member of any one religion or philosophy, nor am I considering a religious/philosophical map according to geography.  It’s more like looking at the world through the eyes of a Buddhist or Hindu or what-have-you.  That’s the point of a filter, after all.

For example, a Buddhist might see the world in terms of excesses and deficiencies, and suffering due to materialism, and attempts to reach enlightenment by following their own various paths.

There is a cosmo-energetic filter, which allows me to perceive the world in various frequencies of energy.  It’s like if you take the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which includes light, sound, palpable sensation, X-rays, and other, and expand it to include all matter, that which is both alive and inert.  Inanimate objects don’t necessarily differ all that much from bouncing humans, when seen through this filter; the difference between a hula-hooping child and a rock on the sidewalk is one of energetic frequency; the child is operating at a much higher frequency, whereas energy has condensed much more in the inanimate rock.

This isn’t to say that non-autistic people don’t or can’t think of the world in these ways.  Opportunity is equal, even if tendency may not be.  I think my Asperger’s/autistic orientation gives me the freedom to break from social rules.  Perhaps my lack of ability to relate on a neurotypical wavelength might actually set me free, free to think along certain lines and create different spectra, free to consider other alternatives.  It certainly gives me the spare time and alone time needed to contemplate such concepts.

In the end, it’s not like I have all the answers.  But with an alternative way of thinking, I do have a lot of fun. 🙂

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  1. I’ve been very quiet about the way some of my taglines show up in your writing. I’ve been very openly using Douglas Adams verbiage with my #aspienado writing since 2012, and I’m already paying for registered domains and using placeholders. This is only one of them. https://m.facebook.com/pg/ExistentialAspie/about/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1 I would like an agreement that neither of us is going to make this a big deal when I’m published, which will probably be soon. I know I don’t own these words, but you use them a lot, and readers will think I took them from you. I would greatly appreciate us being friends about this and show the world aspies do think alike in many ways. I’ve been wondering for years if Douglas himself was one. I’ve been integrating his inspiration into my Pinky Robot and especially my Janika Banks tagline since I came back public 5 years ago. Anyway, as always, you do a great job sharing, and it’s a relief sometimes reading your POV.

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    1. Oh wow!! 💙💙. Please believe me when I swear on loved ones graves that I never intend to steal anything from anyone 💞💞. I had no idea that we were saying things so similar! This is because I have to admit that although I read the blog attached to your username (and don’t know if you have any other blogs attached to you), I only read rarely (and I only know of the blog that starts with the “Y”) 💚💚. I absolutely agree not to make any kind of ruckus 😊. After all, I can honestly say that we’re simply thinking quite parallel, but our words are definitely our own, never lifted from each other 👍🏼. Although I love Douglas Adams myself, it’s been at least 25 years since I’ve read anything by him and I didn’t really understand it then, but I’ve been thinking over the past couple years that I should give his work another go, because I found it quite fascinating, and in retrospect, I think you’re right – he probably was on the spectrum! 😊. Girl, Friends First, always 💞💞. I do promise to check out your domains (as long as you’re ok with that, of course 😊). Congrats in advance on your upcoming publishing! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. I welcome you to share the link(s) here and if you like, I can put it/them into my Resources menu page under “Books Written by People on the Spectrum” 💜💜

      As always, thank you so much for your encouraging words! They mean a whole lot to me 🌈🌈

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      1. Actually, it’s kinda funny because I discovered AFTER I announced my book would be called Existential Aspie that that’s a real thing, ‘existential aspie’ has even shown up in a cartoon strip someone made. I try to link everything I find like that in my Pinky blog so I don’t forget it. I didn’t realize until I got onto internet how very much alike our brains are on spectrum, like we auto-tune into a world of sorting and sifting and creating vast libraries of useful information. I see it all around me, fans creating huge websites on their own nickels and dimes, people running forums for free about fixing cars and computers, tons of info sharing all over the planet that I credit to the organized brain (add that to your theory of mind thinking, lol). I believe the reason we’re seeing organized franchising and stores similarly mapped with floor plans across the states and around the world is because some of us made it to the top and said I WILL MAKE IT ALL FAMILIAR SO I CAN SHOP COMFORTABLY, lolz. I honestly think we already own the world, and we just don’t even know it yet. I do appreciate you blogging, and it’s refreshing to see someone in a professional career doing this. So many ‘this is the autie spectrum’ books out there are published by psychologists who have studied us, and while some are good, I’m a little miffed that some are making fast bucks off the studies, one in particular who refused to link share a very real personal problem because I don’t think she understood how difficult it really is to talk about and thought I was fishing for negative attention. Anyway, thank you for the acknowledgement. My internet history is rife with head butting, but never with another aspie. ❤

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        1. Yes!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. Our experiences seem to be quite parallel lol 😁. Especially “I didn’t realize until I got onto internet how very much alike our brains are on spectrum, like we auto-tune into a world of sorting and sifting and creating vast libraries of useful information.” Totally!! 👍🏼👍🏼. It’s so funny–someone will write a post and I’ll be like “oh shoot! I was going to write that same thing *today*!” Lol. And I’ll decide to wait so that the other person didn’t think I was stealing the idea 😊

          I agree, I think we already own the world, too, without realizing it 😁👍🏼

          I’m also miffed at some of the fast bucks being made on us without any contribution (that I know of) back to us 💚

          I absolutely commit to *not* being a source of head-butting; I’m in a similar position as you, where I’ve never butted heads online with another Aspie and I promise I don’t plan to start now 😘💓💓

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  2. Very interesting! 💓💓💓I do a lot of thinking via images, too, though, sometimes, the images are words as well, if that makes sense? I picture words and numbers in my mind’s eye. Different fonts for different thoughts-big and menacing when I am frightened, beautiful and curly when I am feeling daydreamy. 😀

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    1. Totally! 👍🏼👍🏼. I know that much of my overall message has been to advocate for autism and to help non-autistic people understand autism and autistic people, but the truth is, that’s only part of the story; the truth is, I also need help understanding non-autistic people! ❤️. So I love reading the perspectives of both; I love reading comments from autistic people because they help put into words what I’ve been thinking and feeling, and I love reading comments from non-autistic people because they help me understand something from the “other” “side” 😁💖💜

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