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 which are never acceptable to use in the pursuit of
justice. These include shaming, coercion, gas lighting, and all things that deny 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.
Copyright © Azariah Liron 2020