So, I’ve got this hypothesis that people whom I used to call “instinct-driven” are actually audio dependent in that hearing and speech are their sole source of information. Imagine GIGO ala Siri or blindness before Braille got invented. (Fun fact. Some sounds that cannot be picked up by the human ear are registered by the skin, the locus of the sense of touch).

If the visually impaired are dyslexic, there is a practical reason for it. But, what about dyslexic whose vision is perfect? And what about people who read without comprehension because the written word does not register? Are such people audio dependent to compensate for an inability to translate and comprehend symbolic information and images?

Does this account, for a current example, for why Republican legislators claim a document says one thing, and some even admit to not having read it, and people who do read it come away knowing it says something else. Is that simply evidence of widespread dyslexia among people whose verbal skills have not only compensated for a deficit, but advanced them socially?

We have a Board of seven County Commissioners who do not read. Indeed, some of them have difficulty actually reading the motions they are supposed to make before they vote. Our most recent addition, a retired lung surgeon, asks members of the public to provide information in capsule form. I’m reminded that the illegible writing of medicalmen used to be legend. Perhaps it was not evidence of a lack of manual dexterity, but of a lack of reading and writing comprehension.

Reading and writing are, after all, very different from hearing and speaking. Perhaps it is because they are lodged in different parts of the brain. Perhaps the incorporation of the tactile sense in operating computers is what is making a sort of reconnection possible — a reconnection of cranial functions that were perhaps severed by an accident at birth.

For one of our children, the computer keyboard deffinitely served to compensate for a deficit in the small muscle control required to hold a pencil/pen and write legibly. His failed efforts were another lesson in the error of the claim that anyone could do anything, if he just tries hard enough. If the functionality is not present, a skill cannot be learned. But, there are compensatory strategies for most, if the community makes them avaiable.

Would the spouse have become an author, if he had not learned to use a typewriter?

History is his story as recited over and over again.

In the modern world, the person who cannot read and write is lost. If he is angry, it is probably because he is so often wrong. Self-delusion is small comfort.