In his “My Life In Comedy,” Garrison Keillor makes the point that while existentialism, doom and bleakness are universal, easily seen in the aggregate, happiness is very specific, only seen in the details of any moment.
If you want to explore happiness, you have to explore specific moments, specific details and move away from generalization.
I read a story in the New York Times about the plans to end the specific diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, and instead categorize it as one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders. How do people survive the declassification of their identity label?
Dr. Susan Swedo of NIH is quoted as saying ““People say that in autism, everybody is a snowflake. It’s the perfect analogy.”
But isn’t every human a snowflake?
I mean Mr. Rogers was telling me I was special and unique since 1962 (and in Canada, no less.)
In the end, queer liberation is about the simple idea that “everybody is a snowflake.”
Does that make Mr. Rogers queer empowering?
Sure. He wanted you to be the best you can be, and wanted others to listen and engage your specialness.
Our power isn’t in some overarching group identity model.
It’s in the specifics of our unique lives.
And as Garrison Keillor notes, that’s where our happiness is, too.