Ian Ruder“May you live in interesting times.”

That was the ambiguous fortune I pulled out of a cookie after a recent Chinese dinner. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it clearly stuck with me on some subconscious level, because days later, it popped into my head as I was scrolling through one of the many SCI/D forums on Facebook.

After spending a good chunk of time reading incredibly compassionate responses to a newly-injured woman who was having suicidal thoughts, I clicked on a post a friend shared from another SCI forum. It started, “Tonight while in the shower I was brushing my teeth and decided to use the electric toothbrush on the head of my …”

Interesting times, indeed.

Of course, I am cherry picking — but if you’ve spent any time at all scouring the vast wilds of disability social media, you no doubt know that these “interesting” juxtapositions are more common than they are uncommon.

A lively discussion on the merits of suprapubic tubes is just as likely to be followed up by a vitriolic rant about a parking violation as it is by a thoughtful list of posters’ preferred UTI remedies.

A link to a thorough guide on how to maintain your benefits while transitioning back to work may have no comments or likes, while a silly meme repurposed for wheelchair users will get shared more often than your friend’s HBO password.

Someday, when scientists are confident they have created true artificial intelligence, their creation’s final test will be to discern the logic und