vAnon wrote:People clearly didn't pay attention in the Rin path...
Just because someone has been shaped by their experiences to act differently than the norm doesn't mean one has some sort of inherent mental defect.
Just because you interpret Rin's action as her having been "shaped by her experiences to act differently" does not make it so. Nor does it make not so.
Yeah, that was some convoluted wording, sounded way better in my head... But I'm sure you get what I'm trying to say: that we can only speculate regarding Rin. She shows some characteristics commonly found in people with certain issues (call it a defect if you will, I won't), but that tells us nothing about whether she has those issues or not.
vAnon wrote:- Very little practice with words. (i.e. writing. Why don't you write a novel with no arms.)
When I played Rin's route she could paint with her feet, and was described as being extremely skilled at using them like hands. I'm fairly sure writing shouldn't be a problem for her.
She does have a hard time trying to convey concepts using speech or text, sure, but the cause of that is not necessarily related to her lack of arms or any of its collateral effects.
vAnon wrote:indeed, ancient cultures seem to prefer this, Egypt anyone?)
Use of pictograms is unrelated to a culture's ability to think with words, mostly because the pictograms represent words (i.e. they're the representation of a preexisting language). Take the original inhabitants of Alaska, for example. They have different languages, some of which weren't written until relatively recently. Yet they can describe more shades of white and methods of fishing than you can shake a stick at.
There is no difference between representing the concept of "cow" with a drawing of a cow or with the letters "c o w", other than the fact that using the letters leaves you with something that does not visually resemble a cow. The meaning of the graphical representation of a concept is a social construct, and that does not change just because you use pictograms for the representation.
vAnon wrote:The major plot point for the whole path is that she struggles to be understood, and feels she does it best through her paintings (again, thinking in images rather than words.) How is it that so few seem to catch this? Just because you're different doesn't mean there is something inherently wrong. Rin on the contrary seems quite natural.
As far as I've seen, most people seem to catch that just fine. People usually also catch that it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with any mental issues Rin may or may not have, or at least that it isn't the cause of those issues, but rather a symptom.