By Hwaa Irfan
As we bear witness to the call for change sweeping across the world to include the 99% of humanity who up until now have been in service to the 1% any real call for change has to include those who have been excluded in one form or another, because they do not fit the standardized version of what a human being should be. The excluded included many groups of peoples including the physically and mentally challenged. In traditional Australian aboriginal society it is forbidden to make children feel bad about themselves, yet we have created a world that is built precisely on that practice. Parents have also played a significant role in breaking down some of those barriers, especially when it comes to the understanding of what it means to have autism.
Researchers and scientists have helped to build a more complete reality of the purpose of life instead of reducing it down to the “accepted”, include neuroscientists albeit that the mainstream still perpetuates the falsities that we have all come to know and love limiting the potential of the “other” after designating them as “abnormal”.
Now neuroscience is giving justifiable cause for us to stop thinking of the person with autism as being “deficient.” Dr. Laurent Mottron is one such person.
“Recent data and my own personal experience suggest it’s time to start thinking of autism as an advantage in some spheres, not a cross to bear,”
Mottron’s research team at the University of Montreal’s Centre for Excellence in Pervasive Development Disorders have been able to replicate skills that are superior to the person who is considered normal, which demonstrate a multiple cognitive ability as an intellectual trait that is above and beyond the trick of the workings of the brain.
“It’s amazing to me that for decades scientists have estimated the magnitude of mental retardation based on the administration of inappropriate tests, and on the misinterpretation of autistic strengths”
Even still, we as human beings are more than mere extensions of the brain, as the multiple crop of global crises stand testament to that fact. We are spiritual beings who cannot develop or progress beyond a certain point if we are forced to detach from our souls that end up with copycat actions in a copy cat world removing the glory and the magic of what it means to be alive!
When one adds to the fact that children are extremely sensitive to the emotional energies around them, a hypersensitive child might be crippled by those negative emotional energies, yet instead of seeing the child as being abnormal we should ask the question what is wrong with our environment when a child responds in that way. We prevent ourselves from asking that question when it makes us feel better to make them feel bad, inadequate, and/or abnormal, and continue to respond to them in that manner.
Instead of saying that child has autism, we say that child is autistic, turning that whole being into a condition leaving no space for discovery and self discovery. They are sensitive to the true nature of things, and have a special relationship with nature, but instead of seeing that gift as a reminder of the path we have departed from, we see it as an inconvenience to our reductionist world. It is because of the hostility projected that they often withdraw deep within, like the increasing number of people who suffer from form of social anxiety disorder. More and more am I hearing of fully grown adults who do not venture outside of their own homes, because they simply cannot cope with what has been considered normal – this hostile world. They are sickened by diets that has now been confirmed to be making the whole world sick, i.e. high carbohydrate, high fat, high sugar, low energy fast food, and yet because of their lower intolerance, we do not perceive this as a sign as to the ill-health of so-called “normal” people.
As we wake up, let us wake up to all of us and not just some of us who have grown depressed, or suffering from a food related illness, or just overwork for little pay. The lessons that the physically and mentally challenged have for us are manifold, so let us unfold to the potential of the real 99%!
University of Montreal (2011, November 2). Autistic people superior in multiple areas: Scientists must stop emphasizing autistics’ shortcomings, expert urges. http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2011/11/111102161045.htm