Not off discussion, Sally; right on, & very interesting.
On 18-Sep-08, at 2:56 AM, Sally Evans wrote:
> My husband has aspergers. It is about formidable intellect, yes, and
> about not seeing the social world quite the way everyone else sees
> it. And sometimes, frustration leading to stuff like suicide, panic
> and making enemies of less intelligent people who do not realise
> what is going on.
> It is great fun looking back and saying, yes Einstein had
> aspergers, maybe Wordsworth did, maybe the Sitwells' father did, etc
> but I dont think it gets us anywhere. Many writers and artists have
> aspergers or related "spectrum" characteristics - high language
> ability for instance - and many adult aspergers people are
> undiagnosed. Aspergers and autism are modern complaints (they are
> not disabilities but differences, and the complaining comes from the
> bystanders) that show up in our modern kind of social interaction.
> In the past they would have been hidden as despotism, or
> scapegoating, or even bad temper, depending on the social position
> of the person concerned.
> I think it was a good thing Les Murray announced he had aspergers,
> because it shows it is an enabler and not a disabler, which it can
> seem to be in normal life at close quarters. I doubt that schoolkids
> with aspergers are getting a better deal than formerly, as they are
> labelled incapable of getting on with their lives. its usually the
> people around them that are the problem.
> Sorry if this seems slightly off discussion but its an important
> subject that needs thinking about.
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