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If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.

Updated: Dec 5, 2019

This is an article from 11 years ago, May 23, 2008.


It's up to anyone who reads this what you want to think or say about this knowledge.


For me, I just see a pattern of behavior, talking points, arguments, that have not changed for 11 years, and more, and will most likely continue for who knows how long.


It turns out, compassion and kindness, and understanding of people, even those that you disagree with, is a difficult thing, and that's understandable.


I'm just saying, we've been going at this the same way for 11 years, and there's been no change, and things have only gotten more divisive, more inflammatory, more... cruel.

Maybe everyone involved needs to step back, and really look at things. We are all autistic, and if the Neurodiversity Movement is supposed to be about EVERYONE who's autistic, then that includes those that you disagree with, including those who WANT cures, or approve of ABA.


This is a civil rights issue, that's what it's supposed to be, right?


Then even those I disagree with, I fight for the rights of. I disagree with many people, but they're still human, they're still autistic, like me, and could suffer from the same things I do, and many do suffer from them as well.


So, I'm going to be the person to say this now, while it's been tried before I know, but it doesn't mean we should stop trying, or ever stop trying.


We need to do and fight for what's best for ALL autistics.


We need to stop fighting each other, and work together, in whatever capacity we can.

We need to at least TRY to look past our differences and really try to make a difference in the world, make it a better place for everyone who is autistic.


If stating this dooms my page, my advocacy, then so be it; but at least I can say I tried, at least I can say I said what I thought was the right direction.


I am just so tired of seeing the fighting, the attacks on our fellow autistics. The harassment, the dogpiling; fighting over things when there are people being locked up for life, tortured, killed, subjected to cruel and inhumane experiments and treatments under the guise of "medical treatment", all because they're autistic.


There are people killing themselves from the bullying, there are people ending up having severely life threatening health issues, that could end their lives, from the stress this is causing them.


If you can not help another persons suffering, the least you could do is not add to it.

Even those you disagree with, try to understand their suffering, try to understand why they hold the views they do; listen to what they say, and this goes for EVERYONE involved, not just pro neurodiversity, this goes for the anti neurodiversity people too.


I started out my page thinking there was no point to coming together, trying to have a discussion, and based on the past week, and my experience in a psych ward, after being forced to go in, simply because I am autistic...


We need to come together, as a real community.


We can do better. We owe it to the future generations to try harder, to be better, to do better.

At least, we need to try.


As always, I love you all, and, while not personally religious, I pray that this has a positive impact, because the intentions are to get this violence and fighting to stop, to save lives, and to make the world better.


Compassion is understanding the suffering of your fellow human, understanding how it affects them, and recognizing in yourself that you yourself have also suffered, and that it also affects you, and treating your fellow human as that, another human who has suffered, like you, just trying to make the best of their lives.


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Excerpt and link below:


"I started off highly skeptical of the neurodiversity movement, but it turns out that autism is to cognition as depression is to mood and that the same layers of nuance apply to it. Severe autism is a ghastly affliction that should be cured; milder autism may be part of a precious spectrum we wouldn’t want to compromise. As with depression, there can be a tyranny of people focused on a cure who are insensitive to the meaning some people find in their struggles, and there can, likewise, be insensitivity on the part of meaning-finders to the acute suffering experienced by others. The one crucial difference is that depression is now largely treatable (though some illness is intractable) and autism is largely untreatable (despite the partial success of behavioral programs). It is unproductive to rail against the incurable; if you can learn to love it, that’s your best chance of happiness. For some people, the love is self-evident; for others, it is acquired through struggle; others cannot do more than pretend to it. Though neurodiversity activists can get in the way of science and sometimes wrap themselves up in self-important, specious arguments, they also light the way to such love—a model of social acceptance and self-acceptance that has the capacity to redeem whole lives."


http://nymag.com/news/features/47225/




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