Here it is, finally. Thank you, friends, for your patience.
This is my best attempt to answer the questions implied in an article my friend and confidant Will
wrote a while ago. Some parts of what follows have already appeared in various blog posts I have written, however there is also much new information and it ideally needs to be read as a whole.
Because of its length, I’ll be serialising these ‘lines’ in my blog for many weeks to come. I personally find blog posts over 800 or so words hard to read, as I like to ‘dip into’ them and I’ve noticed I get more ‘hits’ on my shorter articles, so I assume others are like me in that respect.
Because the main thrust of these lines concerns the relationship between two different populations currently inhabiting our planet – those commonly described as ‘neurotypical’ (or, more chauvinistically, ‘normal’) and those who are often labelled as highly sensitive, disordered or possessing some form of dysfunction which renders them atypical – I wanted to find a neutral way of describing the two groups. I adhere to my principle of refusing to refer to people on the autistic spectrum as ‘disordered’. I refer to them as ‘people with autistic perception’ or ‘autists’, sometimes separating out those at the highest cognitive levels as Asperger’s (a term no longer current in medical and psychological circles, but still in common use) or ‘high-functioning autists’. However Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man provides an interesting way to differentiate between the populations.
As you can see from the drawing, the physical human body will fit either into the square or the circle, but not both. Of course, those divisions only exist in a geometrical sense, as does, for example, the equator. For me, though, they will provide a useful analogy for the groups I want to discuss. I will therefore describe the ‘neurotypical’ population as Circle Fillers and the ‘neuro-atypical’ group as Square Fillers. Why that way round? There is a reason, hidden in the geometry, which I’ll come to in a future section, but for now, perhaps the metaphor of square pegs having difficulty fitting into round holes will suffice to allow you to differentiate between them.
“Autistic people are capable of communicating and socialising. They have a naturally different method of accomplishing this. What exactly that method is I don’t believe is fully understood at present by either autistics or non-autistics. I don’t believe the correct words have been attributed to autistic matters to describe or explain them properly. I suspect at some point this will be achieved and hopefully will allow autism to be harnessed to its full potential and remedy the blindness of so many.”
William Bales 2016
There is nothing I enjoy more than a good puzzle – especially one that could benefit everyone if it were solved. The comments Will made there ticked all those boxes and more for me and I have been working away at uncovering the answer ever since he wrote them. Some of that work has been conscious, some has been more-or-less subliminal; I’ve simply set my ‘self’ the task and waited to see what it comes up with and what synchronicities appear as a result.
Obviously, because I set the framework for solving the puzzle up in that way, the various pieces of information and insight have appeared in non-linear fashion, so are quite challenging to collate as continuous text. I’ve set out the different strands under sub-headings, then attempted to draw them together at the end.
In my next post, I will begin to explain The Vitruvian Lines in terms of the structure of society.