As a kid I was behind.
I didn’t have the social awareness of other kids my age, my physical coordination was terrible. When other kids were getting started with stuff like piano lessons or soccer, I wasn’t remotely ready.
When all the other kids were riding bikes around the neighborhood I was still walking around. In fact I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was 14 years old.
My parents were scared to death thinking something was wrong with me looking for diagnoses, some tangible problem with a name. I spent my entire youth being told I had a “disability.”
Then oddly enough as I neared puberty, the gap began to close. By the beginning of high school, I was essentially functional, but still far from typical milestones in a teenager’s life. I was closer to a late elementary stage of social development until I was in college.
Then through my twenties I began to gain traction and with every year grew stronger and began to pass people up.
Today at almost 30 years of age, I feel I’ve truly begun to come into my own. Socially I feel competent and physically I’m well beyond the majority of my contemporaries.
In retrospect, I realize I experienced a lot of my difficulties because I simply had an atypical pattern of development.
At age 8, I was reading classics of literature and memorizing books on biology but couldn’t really hold a normal conversation or grasp unspoken social cues.
To develop certain capacities early on, sacrifices had to be made in other areas.
And if one wants to build a larger, more complicated structure, it simply takes longer to do it…
Nature always chooses the easiest, lowest investment solution to any given problem.
A creature is only strong, fast, or smart as the investment pays off.
More capabilities and complexity means longer gestation, smaller “litter” size, more calories to stay alive, longer time to grow to maturity. All of these are great sacrifices when the ultimate goal is spreading genes.
I’ve come to understand that if one looks past PC nonsense that tells us everyone is the same, we quickly see that children develop at different rates, in different patterns. We are each born with a plan that unfolds in stages.
The clear implication of this is chilling when we look at the uniform environment of mass compulsory schooling.
For most, this sort of system is relatively innocuous but for any sort of outlier, it’s a potentially deadly threat.
It dawned on me that a “smart” kid following a slower development path sent to mass schools is like a cub being thrown into a pit full of wolves…It quickly and elegantly explains much of my life.
In schools, a late development outlier spends his entire young life at the mercy of those early apex predators whose breed’s plan is a race to mature first and get first dibs on mates and resources.
The funny thing is, I always instinctively recognized their kind as my natural enemy in the wild but adults, the ideas adults liked contained nothing that could help me make sense of this.
After years of life experience, I know to tailor any recommendation to people’s differing needs. I would wholeheartedly tell parents of an average kid to send their kid to public schools but definitely encourage parents of an outlier kid to consider homeschooling or some other more supportive and protective schooling environment.
Parents who send that cerebral yet oblivious and clumsy kid to survive in the crowd are unwittingly betraying and abandoning their own at the time of greatest possible vulnerability.
Many don’t make it out alive and many that do are effectively destroyed while still in the bud, their potential contribution expunged from the human race, their plan likely erased from the gene pool.
A uniform mass society entails both “soft” persecution and genocide.
Mass schools operate by the same philosophy as a corn field. The goal is to create a monoculture and any specimens not up to the task are discarded.
Outliers are a minority by definition, but we must also remember, that virtually anything remarkable must come from outliers by that same token.
Herein lies much of the difference between the performance of one society against another… To what extent do they suffer outliers to exist?
I will conclude with this: If I suppose my particular plan entailed higher investment, higher risk, and slower maturity, I have an implicit duty to nature to make it pay off. Else, what I am ought to be extinct.