Difference and being authentic
Difference is from my point of view, more subjective than objective. As an adult Ive tended to be open minded, but less so in my younger years, I feel this experience gives me a broader perspective, an ability to relate to a range of peoples situations.
Being honest with myself is a journey I started in my twenties, it is at times a difficult process, as not all truths are easily identified when assessing oneself.
A question I have been pondering is: are we capable of standing outside of ourselves as a non biased observer and give accurate self feedback?
Provisionally, I think that is a skill that would take years to practice and would still be open to corruption.
Within the autism community, though we have much in common with a shared interest, there are naturally different experiences that have shaped our interpretations and responses to situations, some chosen by us with agency and some of those interpretations and responses have been conditioned by our social circles.
John Donne coined the term ‘No man is an island’, we are all connected, we exist as social beings and in my case at least our childhoods are shaped by our environments, the people within the social systems, it is their interpretations and responses we take on board as normal. We can in essence inherit our perspectives.
How can a person ensure that their perspective is authentically their own, is it possible?