There's no such thing as autism. Autistic people are just people. And they're freaking awesome.
So I've been doing some research on Autism lately and find it quite interesting. The general consensus is that autism is a "disorder", yeah kinda like attention deficit disorder. Or in other words, it's an imaginary group somebody made up to label certain characteristics of people. There are a few other disorders you may have not yet heard about:
Autism isn't a disorder. It's a way people are. People are different, they're not all the same. People have different strengths, weaknesses, aptitudes and interests. But since we're so disconnected from our true selves and since we are so hell bent on making sure that everyone is the exact same as everyone else we make sure to ostracize anyone that is different.
Some people are naturally more into things that may be considered "Autistic". They are into organization, they are into the dynamics that make things work, they could care less about social interaction, they are into their own personal world and on and on. That doesn't make them autistic. It means they like these things.
Other people are naturally more into things like disorganization, not understanding details or dynamics and over-socialization. By autistic standards it would be equally valid to call these people "reverse autistic" or whatever other label you want to give it. So maybe the autistic people are normal and everyone else is actually reverse autistic (RASD).
You can place a label on anything and call it a disorder. But it makes very little sense because finding a set of attributes that are outside of what we currently call "normal" and then labeling them as a disorder makes the assumption that what we currently call "normal" is correct. But there is no way to prove it is or it isn't. People are free to live life however the hell they want to live it. And just because you think somebody should live a certain way doesn't mean they should. If you want to tell them how to live then they can equally tell you how to live.
I really think majority of doctors have gone full retard these days. Most doctors, or people of any profession, don't actually think, they follow procedure. They don't take something like autism and truly try to understand it. They don't go about and search out facts and perspective bearing upon the situation. They don't form their own opinion with what makes the most sense to them. No, oh no. They simply parrot and repeat what their superior told them to repeat when they went to "school". Their degree proves competency not in thinking, but in reporting. They're a reporter like the reporters you see on the news -- only they report the medical narrative in person, not the political narrative on TV.
Let's keep going.
Some of the smartest people you will ever find are autistic. Ever heard of Jacob Barnett? At age 14 the dude is 100 times smarter than most people will ever dream of. The guy thinks stuff that people don't have the capacity to think. And he's autistic. Sure, he's socially awkward and laughs like a weirdo, but that's what makes him unique and awesome. I don't think he's smart because he's smart. I think he's smart because he's different and unique. He even says so if you listen to him speak. He tells people to do their own thing and find their unique perspective. That's what he has done with his life and it's a big reason as to why he's so smart. Would you rather him be like everyone else and talk about the New England Patriots and American Idol or would you rather him be different and be like the people who invented the television so you can watch sports and entertainment?
I'm not saying everyone should be autistic. But I most certainly am saying autistic people shouldn't be like you. They are who they are, and they are growing and experiencing life the same way you are. So stop telling people that being this way or that way is a disorder or incorrect. That's straight bullshit. You're not the authority on right living, and cultures and societal norms come and go. Yesterday autistic people may have been considered normal. Today they may be considered diseased. Tomorrow they may be considered genius. There's a whole universe outside of your little box, and people don't have to fit into it.Filed under: Personal Development, Autism, Ass Kicking Things