We share a structure of thinking, communicating, and behaving that is based on stereotypes and stigma – what we call “the normal” and it’s disabling the environment. Based on Butler’s theorization of words as norms of language that cyclically shape our comprehension, communication and behaviour, I present 3-dimensional capacitation to the disabled environment where Crip-tical thinking would work to examine the disabilities of the environment; Crip-tical communication would transautonomously expand the intelligibility. In other words, neologisms and changing the context of already existent concepts would cognitively emancipate us; and Crip-tical practice would artistically turn normality obsolete. As art has the power to trigger change and produce reality without necessarily conforming to the norms, by communicating beyond words.
I am feeling ill. My disease is capitalism.
It teaches us evolution is achieved by involution. It exhausts us and the cure only seeks to maintain the capacity to work while still sick. Capitalism is fooling us. Making us starve for pleasure and feeding us with pain. It is a journey that never ends. We always want more and more, but excess destroys our experience of pleasure and costs us inequality.
It pushes us to disassociate the self from the other which helps us to digest the self-violence we imply in others with no regrets. The process of otherness is sustaining a hierarchical system that promotes a delusion of value, where some bodies are more valuable than others and only some have the right to speak, only some have a seat at the table. This promised happiness is not achieved by improvement but by exclusion. Every abnormality must disappear. The strategy to build this promoted utopia is creating heterotopias of deviance as Foucault defined it. The disabled body is submitted to this process all the time. Either someone’s abnormality is corrected by the medical system or the disabled person is excluded.
We are taught to consider disabled people lack autonomy. Becoming disabled would also be becoming dependent on others. But we all depend on others in all aspects of our lives. Everything each one of us is or owns was provided or taught by the environment they belong to. In a system that promotes individualism, creates the illusion of the autonomous self, and pushes us to become radically independent, we forget about what is supporting us to achieve our autonomy. The compulsory able-bodiedness of the capitalist ideology makes us understand assistance as extraordinary. However, there is nothing extra about helping others. Assisting disabled people is also taking care of ourselves, taking care of our social body. We are all connected. Interdependency is the mother of existence.