it brought me back to grounding again and I have again, grown just a tiny bit wiser than I was before.

I also suck at reading real-time intent. It’s one of the reasons why I find internet stuff a little easier than “real life” because it gives me time to pause and reflect a tiny bit.

I suspect I have Aspergers / something on the Autistic spectrum somewhere. Academically, I tested very well in school, with the exception of one area – “What is the author’s intent?”.

This baffled me for decades. How can I get 99.99% on other crap in standardized tests but get 60%, 62%, 57% on author’s intent questions?

I thought perhaps I’m a lateral thinker. Maybe I’m creative!

Or perhaps I can’t ‘read intent’ [that is, fall in line with social expectations of mind-reading capabilities].

But it’s thanks to years of experience online that has allowed me to see patterns in online behavior. I suppose I’m an online behavioralist of sorts. I see the patterns and while I don’t always know what part I’m playing at first, eventually I can see it.

I had my cage rattled just moments before I saw this response from you.

It’s on a topic I feel dearly about – the future of humanity + AI or rather, I feel strongly about any apocalyptic notions of the future of humanity.

I had my cage rattled, I threw up several responses, which I’m keeping up there because, like ‘real life’, once you’ve said it, you’ve said it, and I’m willing to stand behind my words.

But after your encouragement and my response, I realized, “Wait, I’m just a guy acting on a stage. I just played my part! “

And so, thanks to you, I was able to add a response that addressed the stage-nature of Internet discourse and it brought me back to grounding again and I have again, grown just a tiny bit wiser than I was before.

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