are we autistic to a listening, speaking world?


Berry (1992) claims that his generation has been "autistic to the voices of the natural world" (n.p.). Yet, Abram (1996) notes that,

"when we attend to our experiences not as intangible minds but as sounding, speaking bodies, we begin to sense that we are heard, even listened to, by the numerous other bodies that surround us. Our sensing bodies respond to the eloquence of certain buildings and boulders, to the articulate motions of dragonflies. We find ourselves alive in a listening, speaking world." (Abram, 1996, p. 86)

Perhaps we are not autistic after all, but simply need to take the time and (re)learn how to listen?