Neurodiversity and the power of collective activism

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell

This quote has echoed around my mind for many years. Much like the Revelation of Sonmi-451 (also from Cloud Atlas), it has been a driving force in the work that I do today.

It’s a simple but powerful concept. How can a single drop change the ocean?

Every drop, makes a minute change to the ocean, when thousands or millions of drops fall on that ocean, it can have a big impact. This is the power of collective activism. Every drop has unique power. We each bring something to the ocean that wasn’t there before.

Is this not the beauty of what the neurodiversity movement is doing? Every drop in this ocean is giving what it can. Some, like me, speak on wider platforms, others make the intricate and targeted changes that people like me don’t have the spoons to do.

Together, we are shifting paradigms. The world is undeniably changed by our existence. We have power, and we have to be respectful with that power. Every single thing we do changes the ocean.

Please don’t ever think that you are not making a difference, have respect for your power in this world. Every part of your existence has changed our world. Society at large is entering a new era, and that is just as much because of the followers as it is the influencers.

I thank everyone of my followers for reading, listening to, and sharing my words. I would have no power to make change without you. You are the reason I can do what I do.

Please never forget how vitally important you are.

Published by David Gray-Hammond

David Gray-Hammond is an autistic mental health and addiction advocate living in the South East of England. He is in recovery from addiction and psychosis, as well as other complex mental health conditions. He was diagnosed as autistic seven months after achieving sobriety, and is resolved to share his experiences with the world in the hopes of being the person that he needed when he was younger.

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