I’m Dyslexic – It’s a great way to be

We all know people with reading and spelling problems, yet it is surprising how recently this disability was discovered and given the name ‘Dyslexia’ – an inhibiting misfortune attacking an unfortunate minority.

At school, those infected were thought lazy, dumb or stupid, told that if only they tried harder, their problem would disappear. Even Sir Winston Churchill, General George Patton and Professor Albert Einstein found themselves so inflicted.

As a retired Aussie businessman turned novelist, I realised how serious a problem it was for those infected, when in Chiang Mai, a delightful little Thai city in the foothills of the Himalayas, when meeting Robert Jameson. An Aussie friend designing covers for several of my historical and adventure fictions, asked if I might be prepared to help out another Aussie.

“He teaches English to Thai school-children, but is seeking someone to review what he is writing on a scientific theory.”

Well that confounded me no end. In 2001 I was impatiently frustrated at having so many stories in mind to get down on paper for my USA publisher, that every available moment seemed selfishly reserved. And I knew nowt about science.

“This fellow is dyslexic,” my friend added. “He has difficulty in both reading and spelling. He seeks an established writer’s opinions on his work and even help in finding a publisher.”

Well my publisher was Fiction only, but I looked up Dyslexia in my trusty OED, and not wanting to say ‘No’ to a fellow Aussie, agreed at least to meet the guy and give him a hearing. Wow; that moment was to prove a turning point in both Robert Jameson’s life, and my own. It was to open an entire new world to me. 

Robert illustrated an infectious conviction that our world was but a small part of a multiverse – a conglomerate of universes, their interactions suggesting likely answers to such unexplainable questions as:

I'm Dislexic - it's a great way to be

Why are we here?

Why is there intelligent life?

Why is there anything at all?

Whilst much of the God Gametes concept was not easy to take aboard, the explanations were well founded, certainly well researched, and when dissected from a purely analytical perspective, impossible to refute. All was extremely well put as argument, yet infested with deplorable spelling, grammatical errors and poor phrasing. But on the theory, I was hooked!

“As it stands, Robert,” I was forced to tell him, “no publisher would even bother reading it. It needs considerable editing.”

He then explained how he found reading so slow and difficult, that he read with the aid of a text-to-speech device on his computer.

 Yet his concept of the God Gametes theory certainly had to be brought before the world.

“Your theory needs telling, Robert!”

Not only did I feel the need to help see that happen, but the challenge of turning his sorry manuscript into something worthwhile, had sent ripples up my spine. I offered, as my contribution to seeing it published, to do his editing for him. I was thrilled when he accepted, and never during the next twelve years, regretted taking on the challenges of goading each of his now several God Gametes books into readable English.

The following work, however, is about his dyslexia and I am convinced that his ability to live with his problem should also be told.

 Robert, only son and grandson of a well-to-do farming family in South Australia, not only had to cope with his as yet undiagnosed learning difficulty at school, but then, on returning home to work on the family farm, had to confront a jealous and uncompromising father. After six years of unsatisfying farm-work, he surrendered the security of home and began living on his own resources.

He enrolled at Taylor’s College in Melbourne, working part-time as a barman to pay his school fees, to eventually obtain his Leaving and High School Certificates.

After graduating with a BA degree at Monash University, Robert realised that poor reading and spelling would encumber him during his entire life. No matter how hard he laboured with his studies, substandard literacy would continue to limit him. The technology of computerised ‘text-to-speech’ eventually arrived to offer some alleviation, yet the major problem must ever remain.

When over-viewing his entire working career, however, Robert’s versatility in finding work undemanding of literary skills, almost defies belief.

Despite significant success in the competitive area of sales, he refused to limit himself to salesmanship as a career path. He has run small businesses, worked as a labourer, sheep-shearer, taxi and truck driver, and for a time had his own overseas recruitment business – “…and countless other occupations,” he insisted. The most interesting fact that I found in Robert during the several years working together on his writing, is the utter determination that will ultimately define him as a scientific theorist. Certainly his God Gametes theory resulting from no less than twenty years of research, is itself evidence!

Is it true that people with some difficulties find compensation in being gifted in other areas? Robert’s example leads my thoughts in such a direction. While he has never mastered the simple tasks of reading and spelling he is a gifted artist, inventor and philosopher.

I am sure that had he chosen art as a profession, Robert could have made a successful career of it. And despite I am neither a qualified art critic nor engineer, I also consider his invention patents of the Sheep Easy and Tidal Water Jack, highly intuitive. I can however, after twelve years of proofing and editing his four books of some 300,000 words, claim some expertise on the God Gametes theory. I firmly believe Robert has hit on the truth of man’s existence, outlining the reason for the evolution of complex living systems on earth, our human species in particular.

Robert ever looks outside the square and his God Gametes theory is an original concept. It challenges the mainstream belief that there was no purpose or guiding hand driving our evolution, and that our human species will continue to evolve indefinitely. Yet the evolution of our consciousness is unexplained and our survival prospects are not only poor but zero. Big business, governments and academia, he claims, keep their heads in the sand and cannot see that we are heading for a crash. They envisage a future involving only more of the same. His God Gametes theory includes narrative explaining the reason for the evolution of our human consciousness - offers all a chance of survival, not by passing our genes onto future generations but by addressing the ‘here and now’. Part 2 of I’m Dyslexic covers this point in considerable detail.

I can unquestionably state that readers of Robert’s several God Gametes theories, will come away with a deep and profound insight into their own meaning and purpose in life.

Robert Jameson is indeed a 21st century Renaissance Man. It has been a pleasure knowing him and assisting in bringing into print, works of such fundamental importance.

 Kev Richardson

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