Am I the only one who notices all the talk and all the stories about the epidemic of Autism over the past few years? Everyone rallies around a good cause, and the in vogue cause now is Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you read the stories or watch the commercials you hear how 1 in 20 kids now have ASD. Wait it was just updated to 1 in 10… Now it’s 1 in 8! Oh my oh my! What shall we do! Let’s do research. Let’s wear ribbons. Oh wait, I know I know let’s all turn on blue lights. Yeah that’s it. Let’s be AWARE!
OKAY, I am being a tad cynical, but I have ASD and I am supposed to be a tad cynical right?
Here is my take on this epidemic; are you ready for this, because it is going to go against all that ‘the sky is falling’ stuff you read everywhere else.
ASD HAS ALWAYS BEEN AROUND. That’s right there is no epidemic.
Think about it…. Now you’re saying to your self ‘this guy is an idiot‘. Good because if you are saying that, it means I pushed you out of your little bubble of understanding. The very bubble most likely created by organizations such as Autism Speaks or the CDC.
You see they need a an epidemic. They need you to freak out and donate to such a good and worthwhile cause. But think about this for a moment. What if Autism isn’t on t
he up rise? What if DIAGNOSING Autism is the only thing on the rise?
We have all heard of famous people from history who may have been on the spectrum. Albert Einstein, Abe Lincoln, Henry Ford, Ludwig van Beethoven, Isac Newton, Mark Twain.. I could list 100 more.
These are just famous people. How many thousands or millions more are there though history? Sure the people I mention above where more than likely high functioning. So what about low functioning Autism? Surely that is new and on the rise, right? I don’t think so. Again I think our recognition is on the rise. 100 years ago low functioning Autistics where called dumb, retards, insane. Society locked them away to lives of hell in institutions. But they existed.
A few points to make on the statements above. First of all did you notice the list of suspected high functioning Autistics above are all people you studied in school? Notice how those people all made epic differences in history? Yes? Good, then maybe we need to re-think this mentality of an Autism epidemic. I mean can you imagine if Henry Ford had been cured? What if Abe Lincoln had been put on Zoloft? Even more to ponder, where would we be today if society hadn’t institutionalized all those ‘ retards’?
Autism is nothing new, we have been here forever. And we have made the world we live in worth living in. So the next time you hear someone saying we need to stop this epidemic, ask yourself if you want to go back in history and stop these people suspected to have had ASD.
Abraham Lincoln,1809-1865, US Politician
Alan Turing, 1912-1954, English mathematician, computer scientist and cryptographer
Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German/American theoretical physicist
Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, Scottish/Canadian/American inventor of the telephone
Anton Bruckner , 1824-1896, Austrian composer
Bela Bartok, 1881-1945, Hungarian composer
Benjamin Franklin,1706-1790, US polictician/writer
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British logician
Bobby Fischer, 1943-2008, World Chess Champion
Carl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychoanalyst
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868-1928, Scottish architect and designer
Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, US poet
Erik Satie, 1866-1925 – Composer
Franz Kafka, 1883-1924, Czech writer
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher
George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish playwright, writer of Pygmalion, critic and Socialist
George Washington, 1732-1799, US Politician
Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, Czech/Austrian composer
Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, US actress
H P Lovecraft, 1890-1937, US writer
Henry Cavendish, 1731-1810, English/French scientist, discovered the composition of air and water
Henry Ford, 1863-1947, US industrialist
Henry Thoreau, 1817-1862, US writer
Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, English mathematician and physicist
Jane Austen, 1775-1817, English novelist, author of Pride and Prejudice
Kaspar Hauser, c1812-1833, German foundling, portrayed in a film by Werner Herzog
Ludwig II, 1845-1886, King of Bavaria
Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951, Viennese/English logician and philosopher
Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, German/Viennese composer
Mark Twain, 1835-1910, US humorist
Michelangelo, 1475 1564 – Italian Renissance artist
Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, Serbian/American scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors
Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925, English physicist
Richard Strauss, 1864-1949, German composer
Seth Engstrom, 1987-Present, Magician and World Champion
Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, US inventor
Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, US politician
Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch painter
Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941, English Writer
Wasily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, Russian/French painter
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, Austrian composer
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