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In a cruel world that glorifies toughness and an outgoing nature over anything else; gentle, quiet kids are considered outside the realm of “normal” and in this case are executed in cold blood by none other than their own mom. what a cruel cruel world we live in. Looking at the history of autism, unfortunately this is not new. Quiet, gentle, withdrawn people have been at the fringes of society for ages. In fact there is evidence that autistic individuals used to be routinely separated from their communities and tied up permanently in monasteries and similar establishments. Many were killed by their parents because they were deemed unable to fulfill the agrarian life they were supposed to fulfill. Many more were marginalized in their own towns and labeled the town freak, no matter the amount of wisdom they showed. In more recent history in Europe, ACEDIA (listlessness, lack of interaction with the outside world) and SLOTH (laziness or lack of fulfillment of one’s talents as viewed by society) were considered cardinal sins (deadly sins) for which the catholic church routinely captured, convicted and jailed or worse burned and executed people. This was in the dark ages in europe and continued until the 19th century. After the pilgrims reached the shores of this continent, some of that emphasis on toughness, belonging to a group, and moving in tandem with traditional and prevailing wisdom was retained from the old country. If you were not tough enough or simply a non-conformist, you were labeled a witch and burned alive. Of course, the harsh nature of the new world required minimum toughness for survival. However, it did not require cruelty against those who would rather teach, hypothesize and prophesize. Be it as it may, this is the 21st century, and the emphasis on toughness, outgoingness, and moving in tandem with the herd are no longer necessary for survival.
We live in a world today where food in aplenty, and the japanese can no longer muster a superior army, yet we still glorify the same outdated values as our ancestors. There has to come a time where a quiet, wise kid who likes to spend lots of time alone is just another form of normal. Continuing to restrict the definition of normal so narrowly and considering anyone who departs from that definition as “diseased” or “abnormal” brings us no good. Even more leads in extreme cases like today’s tragedy, to unspeakable acts of violence against helpless children.
I have never been to Texas, or met this family for that matter but I am mourning tonight. I am mourning the newest form of hate crimes, crimes against who someone is, if this person happens to be autistic. shame and then some more shame.
check the link below for the complete story if your heart can stand it.
FOXNews.com – Texas Mom Says She Killed Kids Because They Were Austistic
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EWG is such a great institution. they are after dioxin now as they should!. they are after every freak chemical that makes it in to the food chain or somehow people ingest it, inhale it or otherwise are exposed to it.
Neurotic? No, I’m just hyper-sensitive to modern life… | Mail Online
interesting article on elaine aron’s book by a journalist who is a self-describer highly sensitive person.