Wednesday, November 09, 2005
In discussing the design for a workshop I'm giving in the spring, I got to thinking about the importance of socialization of the gifted. It's interesting in that unlike people who obviously come from another reality, because they have an accent or look different or are just new in town, the gifted live among everyone else largely incognito. So asking for special treatment really doesn't make sense to a lot of people.
In societies difference is either punished or celebrated, but it is rarely ignored. Some tribal societies might train their gifted to be spiritual leaders, for example, which along with a defined role and responsibility gave enormous licence for a gifted person to be deviant (not using this word perjoratively!) Other groups might ostracize them or even kill them as dangerous "witches".
How can we give all gifted people acceptance and meaningful work in modern western society? I have my own theory, but I want to know what you think!
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This is where your coaching comes in Jo and where classes for the gifted in public schools have a place. Ultimately though, everyone is weird in their own way and change can only happen through self-awareness.
Okay you live in Canada, I forgive you.
All kidding aside, most of my own social dysfunction has been brought on by my own inordinate lack of personality for the majority of my life. Had someone grabbed me by my hair at the age of ten and kindly informed me that it was not very polite to condescendingly and articulately inform everyone around me that they were less than intelligent, growing up and later in life things might have been a bit different.
You live, you learn.
While I am grateful for what I do know and all that I've been able to learn and give to my family and friends because of my understanding and my view of the world; asking or expecting special treatment because of my IQ or a numerical test is something I just can't do.
One of my children is special needs, on the autism spectrum. I know he wont have a "normal" job or acceptance within western civilized society so making those demands for myself would in fact make me a hypocrite wouldn't it? How's that for irony?
Exceptional is overrated.
Gifted is just what it is.
A gift, not a flag to wear or shout about.
Thank you for visiting my space and thank you for letting me share.
The cool thing about it, when I can shed the imperial glasses, it is beautiful the way they are purely reactionary.