So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about autism, recently. I know it can sometimes be a sensitive issue, but I think there’s a lot of interesting things to be said about it. For those of you who don’t know, I have a diagnosis of high-functioning autism, also known as Asperger’s Syndrome. The weird thing is that most people with autism don’t have a good judge of social cues and practices. I used to be hopeless in social situations. Now I think I’ve improved, although I still find difficulty sometimes.
The reason I bring this up is that I don’t think autism is a disorder, it’s a different way of looking at the world. The problem is that most other people don’t realize it as a different way to view the world. It is interesting that there is no medication for Asperger’s Syndrome, just therapy. Is the world trying to brainwash people like me into being people like them? Probably not, but it is interesting to see how innovative minds have been shown to have some autistic qualities.
Take Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for example (for those of you who don’t know, he created Sherlock Holmes). That guy was a weird. He was an ophthalmologist who believed in fairies. He was eccentric to say the least. And what about inventors? Alexander Graham Bell thought that a person was governed by ten little people living inside their head. That sounds like the thinking of a genius! Either that, or someone who sits in the corner and eats flies. My point is that a lot of people with Asperger’s don’t need to be “fixed”. They need to be guided. Probably they best way to do that is with other people who have some sort of “disability”.
I realized I went on kind of a long, winding journey here, but I’d like to end it on an interesting note. At the Alameda County Fair on July 4th, the world’s largest hamburger was made. It was made with a 110 pound bun, 20 pounds of onions, 12 pounds of pickles, and 30 pounds of lettuce. In total, the entire assembled hamburger was 777 pounds. How’s that for a big-ass burger?