Pharaoh’s Principles: Navigating Worlds

world

  • the earth, together with all of its countries, peoples, and natural features.
  • all of the people, societies, and institutions on the earth.
  • denoting one of the most important or influential people or things of its class.
  • another planet like the earth
  • the material universe or all that exists; everything
  • a part or aspect of human life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular.
  • a part or aspect of human life or of the natural features of the earth, in particular.
  • a region or group of countries.
  • a period of history.a group of living things.
  • the people, places, and activities to do with a particular thing.
  • average, respectable, or fashionable people or their customs or opinions.
  • a person’s life and activities.
  • everything that exists outside oneself.
  • a stage of human life, either mortal or after death.
  • secular interests and affairs.

One word, but so many definitions to consider. That’s how a world works. You may be living in at least three worlds at one time. You can be in the world we call Earth, in which it is governed by universal rules. Then you have a world where you’re living in a local environment and society is according to that place. Add on your viewpoints based on factors such as upbringing, dramatic events, ethnicity, medical condition, etc. Add all those and you’ll have multiple worlds that may collide with each other at one point in time.

I’m writing about worlds for two reasons. The primary reason is that I’m starting my non-fiction book and the introduction will focus on how people can live in worlds within a world, based on circumstances and beliefs. Additionally, I want to show people that not everyone can fit into another person’s world. The second reason behind the post is my own personal viewpoints on living in multiple realities.

You see, I think that people on the autistic spectrum get ridiculed a lot for not understanding the neurotypical world. Sure, we may not get social cues or expectations on how to survive in the NT world. And their world may be scary due to triggers that aggravate over-stimulated senses. But we can say the same thing to NTs about not understanding OUR world. For instance, I can blog all day about people not understanding why I choose to talk about societal topics more than reality TV shows. I can lament about NTs’ failure to understand my thoughts without expecting me to communicate through feelings (I normally rely on events, facts, and tangible things to convey my points, not societal norms or complex emotions).

At the end of the day, and in any group on Earth, people aren’t meant to convince others to accept a particular way of life or thinking. Otherwise, we would argue about how to each a sandwich “correctly”, which varies from person to person. It would bore people and maybe even cause unnecessary conflict. If more people want to understand autistic people, then would it be better if more people can stop and explore the aspie world in depth? Matter of fact, don’t just limit it to just understanding aspies. Try applying this rule to any one you may not be familiar with. The more you listen and understand another world, the more giving and respectful you’ll be to that person. You might even begin to change perspectives on how you interact with things and people with in your own world.

Practicals:

  • Never preach to a person if your opinions differ from those of the person you’re interacting with. Give wisdom after looking into his or her world first. Also allow the person to explain the viewpoint(s) in question.
  • Research the aspects of a person’s life. In my case, I would appreciate it if you can ask my inner circle about how autism affects me. Reading credible books on my condition helps too.

Otherwise, that’s all I have for looking at different worlds…for now. Heheheh. No worries, I’ll be more in depth once I finish the introduction to my upcoming book.

Updates

 

Good evening everyone! I hope your summer is going well so far.

I have a few announcements to make, related to my endeavors:

  • I’m currently working on creating a new website for my photography. I’m looking to promote my event photography business more and start doing more paid work. I will still do free work for anime/comic conventions and non-profit organizations. It will be up by early August.
  • I’m working on my upcoming book and I’ve writing parts of my introduction since last Thursday. More details will be posted soon.
  • I will still write for Football.com this season, but since I moved back to Chicago and I’m figuring out which certificate program I will attend in the fall, I don’t know if I would continue to write about the Atlanta Falcons or write more about the Chicago Bears. I will make that decision by August, when I figure out if I’ll move back to Atlanta for a year or stay in Chicago in a year. I must write about the local team that I can have unlimited access too…and I got to have access to one of the teams’ preseason & regular season games. It’s just hard to
  • I may or may not attend the 20th anniversary of Anime Weekend Atlanta. I have to figure out my school, monetary, and transportation situation first. But I would really like to take pictures of the 20th AWA and volunteer for them again. I’m also looking to go outside my comfort zone and try to attend an anime/comic convention outside of the Atlanta cons. I’m shooting for Youmacon in late October.

Otherwise, that is all I have for now. Enjoy your evening and be on the look out for more posts. I have plenty to say, especially after I returned home to Chicago. :)

Pharaoh’s Principles #2: Anime/Cosplay FB Group Trolling

Pharaoh’s Principle #1: Toni Braxton’s Former View on Autism

 

Good evening everyone!! After months on hiatus and a messy end to Abilities of the Arts (my project that I helped grow for a year), Pharaoh’s Principle has returned. I will be doing this weekly for now on.

Before I go on, please read the following articles on Toni Braxton’s former view on how her son became autistic and the Christian response to it

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/24/toni-braxton-autism-son_n_5385477.html

http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/toni-braxton-says-sons-autism-is-gods-judgment-for-previous-abortion/

Braxton’s comment hits home to me in two ways. Though I’m spiritual and don’t like to prefer a religion over another, I’m strongly influenced by Christian beliefs. I’m also autistic myself; I was diagnosed at age 2 1/2. Both can be polarizing topics to talk about, since they are some controversial undertones to it. Autism and its role in the church is one of them.

I will give Ms. Braxton the benefit of the doubt. She mentioned that Diezel’s autism was God’s punishment for aborting a child before her second son came into the picture. But according to the Huffington Post, she has since changed her viewpoints. Braxton admits that her son is “is special and learns in a different way.”

As long as she learning that autism is not a curse, then I’m cool with her expressing her prior guilt in her memoir. Also, I understand her initial concerns because my family had that similar reaction when they first found out that I am autistic.  My father probably didn’t know how to approach me at first or was wondering if I would ever be the All-American son who can drive, play sports, and get married. I’m pretty sure that my mother would’ve hypothesized that my autism was a result of her past mistakes she thought she made. I can’t make further speculations because I didn’t comprehend either one of their thoughts back then, but I know that they were scared one way or another. But like Braxton, they don’t immediately go for the autism label. To them, I’m their proud, artsy son who loves his sports, social topics, cartoons, and adventures.

At first, I hated Braxton’s admission. It sounded like how the congregation can sometimes see my autism, as an impediment or curse from the deities. Yet I backed off after seeing that she was referring to the initial diagnosis, not a continuing belief.

However, I do want to pray for those who continue to think that autism is sin or punishment from God. And sadly, it’s not new. From the beginning, some linked any disability to the fault of the family or some kind of curse. It was brought up in the Bible, when Jesus’ disciples asked if a man’s blindness was a result of his parents’ sin. He replied:

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in his life” (John 9:2–3).

From what I read and know in my own life, autism happened so that God can work through people on the spectrum. It also happened so that God can inspire people to do God-pleasing works, no matter what condition you have or background you’re from. I believed that God worked through people like Temple Grandin, Anthony Ianni, Jason McElwain, Donna Williams, Blind Tom, Stephen Wiltshire, and even 50 Tyson (though we can question his lyrical content and delivery). And perhaps Ms. Braxton is slowly realizing that her Lord his working through Diezel to become a great person in the future.

Furthermore, the higher powers may be working on your child to grow into a great leader too. It takes believing in his or her abilities though, not focusing on the “negatives” of autism.

MomoCon 2014 Review

My two cents on Momocon 2014 pros and suggested improvements, with brief shout-out to two newly weds.

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to the MLP logo, Heaven’s Lost Property logo, and Flii Stylz & Tenashus’ “Break It On Down”

SN: Sorry if most of my face is dark

Sending Danielle off to Lacoste

Happy Monday everyone!!

I’m glad that some of my fellow SCADdies are either graduating this year or next year; we’re so talented that I’m sure we’ll change the world with our art forms.

One of our future starts and my fellow photographer, Danielle Gardner, is going to study abroad in Lacoste this summer. I already know she’s going to be picture happy, taking a lot of pics of the French scenery.

But on a serious note, studying at Lacoste will be a great way for her to enjoy her summer while preparing to come back home to finish her time at SCAD. She’s a very talented with fashion photography and I hope she’ll get a taste of such photography in France.

However, Danielle is need of some financial help. She has scholarships and grants to cover some of her costs, but she still needs to raise $5,000 by June 2nd. If you have anything to give in any amount, then click on the widget below and find out how you can contribute to Dani’s Lacoste fund. And if even if you don’t have any contributions to give, she would still appreciate it if you spread the word to friends, networks, businesses, churches, family, etc., by sharing the link.

Thank you all so much for your help and generosity.

Check out her works on the follow links:

Danielle Gardner Photography

Web - www.daniellegardnerphoto.com   

Blog - www.daniellegardnerphoto.com/blog

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On Trolling Autism Acceptance Advocates and People with an ASD

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