What would happen if mongs ruled the world? Affection, hugging and caring for others would make a big comeback. People would be refreshingly honest and genuine. People with Down syndrome are nothing if not straightforward and unpretentious. As the expression goes, âwhat you see is what you get.â When you say to people with Down syndrome, âYou did a good job,â most will answer simply and matter-of-factly, âYes, I did.â We believe, too, that a stuffy high society would probably not do well in the world of Down syndrome. However, we believe that BIG dress up dances would flourish. People with Down syndrome love dressing up and dancing at big shindigs. They have a ball, and ...can they dance! (and by the way, who needs a date... âJust danceâ). Most people we have met with Down syndrome also love weddings. This should not be a big surprise. They love getting dressed up, being with family and friends, having good food, and, of course, dancing until the wee hours of the morning. (Many people love it so much, they will chase the band down at the end of the night, begging them to continue.) Perhaps, too, part of the reason they love weddings so much is not just because of the food and dancing, but because in many cases the rules against hugging are temporarily suspended. Whoa! Can you imagine what the world would be like with so much affection unleashed? So given what we know about people with Down syndrome and grooves, how would they use this to run the world? Here is how: Schedules and calendars would be followed. Trains & planes would run on time. Lunch would be at 12:00. Dinner at 6:00. Work time would be work time. Vacation would be vacation. In the world of Down Syndrome, there would be a great deal more tolerance for: Repeating the same phrase or question Use of the terms âfunâ and âcleaningâ in the same sentence Closing doors or cabinets that are left ajar (even in someone elseâs house) Arranging things until they are âJust so.â Despite their compulsions and grooves, people with Down syndrome rarely have the really âbad habitsâ that so many of us have. In fact, out of approximately 3000 people we have seen at the clinic, we have not seen any drug addicts or gamblers and just two alcoholics and a very small number of smokers. However, we think that pop may be a common addiction in the world of Down syndrome, and of course some people are incurable savers and hoarders of just about everything, but especially paper products and writing utensils. Because of this, I could see maybe a Betty Ford Center for pop addicts and extreme paper hoarding. Therefore, if people with Down syndrome ran the world: Speed would be far less important than doing the job right. Work would be everyoneâs right, not a privilege. However, we think there would probably be no work conducted during the time that âWheel of Fortuneâ is on TV. What About News? If people with Down syndrome ran the world: Weather would be the only essential news item News would be more local (âA new McDonalds just opened up,â or âA dance tonight,â etc.). After all, what is more important than that? What About Bad News? If people with Down syndrome ran the world, would there be wars or murders? We donât think so! There may be too many McDonalds but definitely not the wars or murders we have in our âcivilized societies.â We have found that most people with Down syndrome are very sensitive to expressions of anger by others. I imagine they would do all they could to help reduce and solve conflicts between people. Therefore if people with DS ran the world: Anger would only be allowed in special sound proof rooms. Trained negotiators would be available to everyone to help deal with any conflicts. Dancing You probably would not hear a great deal about exercise, but you may hear a phrase like, âDancing tonight ... absolutely.â The Presidentâs commission on physical fitness would probably recommend dancing at least 3 times per week. People would be encouraged to get married several times to have more weddings for more music and dancing. Richard Simmons and John Travolta would be national heroes. Music Elvis, The Beatles, and the Beach Boys would still be number 1 on the hit parade (Music of the 60âs, 70âs, and 80âs would be BIG) Musicals would be very, very, very, big (such as âGrease,â and âThe Sound of Musicâ) John Travolta would be the biggest star. Television Classic TV hits would be very BIG and take up at least half the TV schedules. âI Love Lucy,â âHappy Days,â âThe Three Stooges,â etc. would be very BIG. Wrestling would be very Big. âLife Goes Onâ would also be very Big and replayed regularly. Movies There would be fewer movies, but they would be replayed over and over. Movie theaters would allow people to talk out loud to tell what happens next. No Secret Agents People would not hurt the feelings of others and they would also not lie or keep secrets. Therefore there probably would be no secret service agents, spies, or terrorists. http://www.nads.org/pages/ruletheworld.htm Mong terrorists that is food for thought.