Lately I’ve been thinking about an incident that occurred years ago. I was attending a college course and the professor, who we were told was very qualified for his position, was explaining the solid, liquid and gas states of various elements. At some point I raised my hand for a question regarding the transition, of silicon, from liquid to solid. I referred to this transition as “freezing.” The professor quickly corrected me, claiming that since the silicon was still very hot, it couldn’t “freeze.” I tried to tell him that any time a substance gets cold enough to solidify, regardless of our own preconceptions based on water, it is “freezing.” For some reason, he couldn’t wrap his head around this concept. I didn’t persist in arguing with him. It bothered me that a professor could hold such ignorant views.
Yesterday I walked into my living room and the sun was gloriously shining in. As I turned around and faced the interior of the house from the glass sliding door, I noticed hundreds of small cobwebs on the ceiling. How long had they been there? Why had I not noticed them? Standing next to the glass door, they were obvious. But as soon as I moved away from the door, they were all but invisible. I wondered how many other things would be obvious in my life if only I had the right perspective.
I also remembered the clueless professor. I realized that there are many others like him. People who live their lives away from the door. They never venture away from their mental comfort zone – and so they cannot see the things that are obvious to the rest of us. When I say “the rest of us,” I am referring to Aspergers people and our sympathizers. We tend to see things naked as they are, without the clothing of convention. To us, if something is wrong, it’s wrong. It doesn’t matter if it’s impolite to point it out, or if saying so can get you in trouble. The truth is the truth and it’s a treasure to be shared. Some of us learn, over the years, to refrain from blatantly insulting people. We learn to hold our tongues for the sake of our careers. But these are compromises. But even Asperger people develop mental comfort zones. We create our own conventions to clothe, and hide, the truth.
It’s been said that drugs such as LSD, which change our mental state, allow us to see deeper truths. To stand near the door so to speak. There’s probably some truth to this claim. This was certainly the case with me when I tried a special mushroom years ago. The mushroom moved me toward the door for a few hours and, at the time, the revelations seemed so obvious. If you can reach that sort of state through meditation, all the power to you I say. It’s important to move around in life, both physically and mentally. If you don’t, you’re missing out. If you’re of the ruling class, you’re imposing your own deficiencies upon the rest of us.