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Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
reply to post by EnlightenUp
I've always wondered about this. Thank you. You know, people could do a lot worse. What's wrong with having a little air of mystery? And when you wish very much for someone to know you, you permit it, don't you?
Originally posted by argentus
Alas, I'm so close and yet so far away........ I fear I'm a noisy misfit.
Focus. Yes that is one option of an experience, so is variety and diversity. Why do we admire the person who focuses and achieves one great experience in one area? Swimmers can devote all their time to that sport. Just think of all the things they are NOT doing. I see nothing less worthy about becoming "just decent" at many things. Average seems to be looked down on these days. And yet we aspire to fit in and be average anyway. Even the genius may long to be average, and yet our special ones may not be aware of it. That they are "not fitting in" may not be in their awareness most times and that may be one of the gifts.
Originally posted by reticledc
the following is my opinion and subject to interpretation.
When a lot of parts of the brain are broken, the other parts focus. Something we cannot do, while maintaining all of our normal unctions. Even Einstein, had to do calculations. An idiot savant knows the answer almost instinctively. While normal things we take for granted are not prevalent, such as behavior, communication, and functionality, in what we might call mentally disabled people, there is not denying, that they own a focus we can never know.
All of the most profound figures throughout history, gave up everything else, and dedicated themselves to their passion. They sacrificed, personality, friends, and their normal lives to focus on answers. It took everything else away from them, except the goal. Are these type of people any different than someone who is "challenged"?
The only difference is these people are born this way, and don't have anything to loose, or at least won't miss it.
So called "normal" people should be so focused.
[edit on 31/7/2009 by reticledc]