Re: God in Few Words

From: Alex Future Bokov (
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 12:54:25 MDT


On Sun, 15 Oct 2000, Spike Jones wrote:

> Three reasons:
> Living in a facility the size of a minivan for indefinite periods would
> be not so different from her current living arrangement, as in: she
> would not miss frolicking in the park, or a long stroll along the river,
> like you and I would. Even this ignores the fact that we would miss
> sex terribly, whereas it probably is not be an option for her.
> If one cannot go outdoors at all, legs are not an asset.
> She has the heart of a lion: accustomed to overcoming enormous
> challenges every single day of her life, and has come thru like the
> true champion she is. Contrast with you and me, Alex. We were
> born healthy, we could coast thru life if we chose, so life has never
> really tested our mettle.
> She weighs only about 25 kg. spike

Does spina bifida cause reduced body weight (yes, I could look this
and everything else up but I'm lazy)?

Eris help me, this actually makes sense to me. Really, this would apply
to many different types of disabilities. Microgravity could be the next
great equalizer. The 'net already is. Is there an untapped extropic
reserve among the worlds "dis"abled? At the very least, this gives me
(and hopefully actual real sci-fi writers lurking on this list) the
beginnings of what could be a poigniant and inspiring sci-fi story.

Not just physical disabilities either. I remember reading someplace
that people with autism who have found jobs in the computer industry
sometimes find their autism to actually be an asset. I certainly find
that my own hyperactivity (ADD, whatever) gives me a useful sort of
flexibility (even though it prevents me from finishing the dozens of
projects I start).

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