No Time

Trafalmadorians, whose vision includes the dimension of time, see humans as snakes, with a baby at one end and an old person at the other, according to Kurt Vonnegut.

Transsexuals, who work hard to remove the dimension of time, prefer to see themselves as a dot, and often get distressed when others see anything else at all.  

The worst way to communicate your gender is to have to tell someone who you are.    If you can’t show them, they won’t believe you.  And yes, you can’t show anyone what they don’t want to see.  As Dorothy Parker said when she was asked to use the word “horticulture” in a sentence, you can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.

If we live in a world where all that counts is the minute, the momentary presentation, then how do we contextualize a rich and complex history that is more like a gale-force wind moving across time than a snapshot?

How do we become a bit more Trafalmadorian?

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