I AM (LIKE) AN IMMIGRANT (AND SO ARE YOU)

plumbing-social-mediaI am either the first or last to get a joke. It depends on the language being spoken. I don’t mean English exactly.

I’m autistic…like really autistic. I don’t nor can’t hide being autistic but I do a good job of hiding how autistic I am. That is until, they speak a language I don’t…and I have to ask for a translation.

In this series, I want to tell you how you and I are both “strangers in a becoming even stranger land.” I want you to embrace your status as an immigrant. And I want us both to learn the language.

In Kevin Kelly’s “THE INEVITABLE…,” he talks about twelve technological trends for our future. A point he makes in the book is that technology will evolve at a faster rate than we can learn how to use it. In many ways, we’ll be technology illiterate.

You may have already experienced this. Are you expert with Vine, Periscope, or SnapChat? If not, you’re lot like an immigrant who doesn’t know the language yet.

You’re in good…and mixed company. We’re all becoming immigrants into what Kelly calls the “technium.” And we’re all going to have to be really good at a couple of things.

In this brave new world, the Technium, that is emerging, there are a couple of things we all have to be good at. And they’re both functions of one thing: adaptation. An organism has to change himself to fit his environment…especially when the organism can’t change the environment.

And being adaptive in the Technium means we have to learn new languages all the time. We have to learn new interfaces all the time. This requires a degree of humility to engage the world when your mind is remade into a beginner.

And as a beginner, you’re at an extreme distance from mastery, even competence. You may feel as though your 10,000 hours or 10 years away from where you need to be. But when you’re “leaning in” to the change of the world, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.

2 thoughts on “I AM (LIKE) AN IMMIGRANT (AND SO ARE YOU)

  1. I love this, Frankie. I don’t know if we were ever in class together, but I began Z-Health training in 2006 or 2007. It’s weird, because I really don’t know if I was on the autistic sensory spectrum, but I certainly had some issues. And I’m so glad I did/do, because I have tripped & fallen & gotten back up so many times, especially in my body, & It’s so exciting to have a better feel for it & know I’m resilient! That’s what I love teaching…& I have 5 students who were on the autistic spectrum as kids & are now in their 20’s. I’ve read your newsletters, but never responded, I don’t think, & now, well, Guess it’s time!
    Thanks for all your hard work & honesty about yourself & your look at movement. Maybe someday we’ll meet!

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