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Readin’, ‘Riting, & Retardation

January 27, 2011

I’ve been working with a person online for years — and today I realized that maybe they are retarded. Like seriously cognitively impaired.

I once thought their writing style possessed that eloquence of brevity that my writing (and, frankly, my thinking) lack; it’s why I admired this person. But today, I read something they wrote and thought, “If I didn’t know this person, I would think they had some sort of diminished mental capacity.”

I’m not sure if their writing style has changed, or if my perception has.

I’m not sure that it even matters whether it’s an actual deficit on this person’s part or not.

No matter what, there’s an issue with my perceptivity (if that’s a word; spellcheck says it’s not — but it doesn’t recognize itself either, so…). Either I missed something all those years ago, or I’m imagining things that aren’t there.

And in any case, I’m still in awe of a simplicity — a blunt easy to understand concise style — that I cannot master.

Is this the “childlike” quality we admire in those with mental handicaps? Is this the reason — not the “short attention span” thing we are told about — why short tight blog posts are so popular? Is this style of thinking and communicating currently consciously cultivated by our educational system? How much of all this can be attributed to the over-simplification and even fear of addressing complicated issues that we face in politics and social issues?

Do we need more or less retardation in our reading and writing?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    February 22, 2011 10:01 am

    You wrote:

    “No matter what, there’s an issue with my perceptivity (if that’s a word; spellcheck says it’s not — but it doesn’t recognize itself either, so…)”

    The word is “perception.” Try the same sentence with that word. It works. No need to make things more complex than they are. And that ties into the subject of your post.

    • February 22, 2011 2:48 pm

      Maybe that’s my point; if find that word too simple to suffice…

      But thanks for stopping by and engaging in a conversation :)

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