On Being: B.J. Miller — Reframing Our Relationship to That We Don’t Control

It’s been a long time since I listened to this podcast. The topics are often weighty and I don’t feel I have the energy to give due attention, but this morning the title of the latest episode struck me, so I decided to listen to it. There’s so much here. You can listen to the episode or read the transcript.

One of my favorite parts is this (emphasis mine):

DR. MILLER: … I think about this idea of normalcy a lot. I and many, many others before me have been agents of normalizing disability, and that’s really potent. And I also think there’s a second half to that equation, that we need – that doesn’t mean that we fit these other things into our idea of normal, it means we expand our idea of normal. And I think that life is weird. Life’s hard. Life’s weird. Humans are weird. And I worry, sometimes, that we exist in such a narrow bandwidth of accepted behaviors and thoughts that we really clip off so much of the strange beauty that can be part of the human experience.

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