A World of Aspies

What would the world be like if everyone obeyed the laws and rules, if we were all polite and honest with one another, if no one had a hidden agenda, and no one was motivated by greed or self-aggrandizement?

This is a world described in the introduction to a book called The Myriad Gifts of Asperger’s Syndrome, by John M. Ortiz, PhD. And yes, it’s a dream world peopled solely by an underrated segment of the population: those who have Asperger’s Syndrome. If Asperger people ran the world it undoubtedly would be very much like the Eden described by Dr. Ortiz because that, by and large, is the way they are.

Asperger’s is a form of autism and as such is regarded by most as a disability. People who aren’t autistic are labeled “neurotypical,” usually abbreviated to NT. Because NTs are in the majority, they get to decide what’s normal and what isn’t. This works to the disadvantage of Aspergians who, thus far, have not risen up in protest against the labeling, the injustice, and the prejudices they so often suffer.

5 thoughts on “A World of Aspies

  1. Aspies?

    What a great-and-affectionate term.

    I love the soothing bridge scene on your site, but from the very little I know of Aspberger’s Syndrome, shouldn’t you have a clock or something?

    And is that what the mathematician in BEAUTIFUL MIND had?

    • Schizophrenia was what the mathematician in “A Beautiful Mind”!was diagnosed with. There is some online speculation that he might have had Asperger’s as well, but I don’t thinknhenwasnever diagnosed with that.

  2. “What would the world be like if everyone obeyed the laws and rules, if we were all polite and honest with one another, if no one had a hidden agenda, and no one was motivated by greed or self-aggrandizement?

    “This is a world described in the introduction to a book called The Myriad Gifts of Asperger’s Syndrome, by John M. Ortiz, PhD. And yes, it’s a dream world peopled solely by an underrated segment of the population: those who have Asperger’s Syndrome. If Asperger people ran the world it undoubtedly would be very much like the Eden described by Dr. Ortiz because that, by and large, is the way they are…”

    You’re talking about them as if they’re a master race and the rest of us are inferior.

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