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Resources and Reflections by Ari Leigh

Values


These values have been developed through years of experience, both from lessons I’ve learned the hard way, and from listening to the voices of those around me. It is very much a work in progress. Lenses, perspectives, and interpretations change over time. I offer this page as a small insight into the paradigms and values that structure my worldview.

I believe that all people are human, and thus deserve basic courtesy and respect.

Yes, this includes you. No matter your identities or what you’ve done, you are still human and deserve to be recognized as such.


I believe that everyone deserves the following four basic things simply for existing


I believe in the transformative power of stories, and in the responsibility for everyone to respect that each person is the sole expert of their own story.


I believe that there are certain tools that it is never acceptable to use in the pursuit of justice. These include shaming, coercion, gas lighting, and denying another’s humanity.


From that belief, I reject the pathology paradigm, along with all systems of thought that privilege some ways of being as “normal” while reject others as being weird or undesirable. I have replaced the pathology paradigm with the neurodiversity paradigm, and encourage others to explore making a similar shift.

Life is an amazing complex thing, and the challenges that we face are often hindered by oversimplification. Thus I am committed to owning how little I know, and remaining open to complexities I can not yet comprehend.