@jadamia1 You're absolutely right. We live in societies(I assume you live in an industrialized, first world country)
that measure intelligence with metrics that are functions of reading. You're not going to do well on the Stanford-
Binet IQ Test if you have limited reading skills. But the same person, when asked to create a system that can
load bags of cement on railroad cars may have no problem at all because of his grasp of spatial relationships.
I've read some of these comments dismissing "non-readers" because they aren't interested or aren't conversant
in subjects that a reader is. You're judging them based on how they function in your environment. What if the
situation is reversed? That's the situation I found myself in for almost 20 years. I wasn't uncomfortable, but I
did have to adapt. I was a weldor/fitter. The welding was relatively easy. Fitting? Not so much. I was
working with guys who could rebuild the engine in the car they drove when they were 15. Whereas my solution to
a problem was always mathematical, they could look at the space the parts were going to occupy, cut the parts
so they were close, then dial them in as they needed to. I was still measuring dimensions(alot of them were unnecessary)and wasting time. Eventually I learned to look at problems the way they did, but it took a while.
They were willing to help me because I was genuinely interested in what they had to say. What I learned from them
has carried over to my favorite hobby: vintage cars. I never dated any of them mostly because they had limited dancing
skills and they drank too much. That's alway a problem among the proletariat.
You can only be grounded if you're crazy. If you come to me and tell me you should be grounded because you're crazy, I won't ground you.
Why not: Because crazy people don't think they're crazy.