We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Lots of people have a bit of oddball in them. I like them. I also like hearty, wholesome, uncomplicated people too.
This Stanford undergrad is a good writer and has a fine future. I do not view her as autistic in the usual sense, but she does have "issues" as she discusses. She has been through the entire Psychiatric gauntlet without much apparent result. Nevertheless, she is at Stanford, is obviously talented and perceptive: My Brief Spell as an (autism) Activist.
Without trying to diagnose somebody I have ever met, I think this young lady could use some basic life counseling, or life coaching if you want to call it that. There is plenty of room in the world for "outsiders."
Fifty to sixty years ago there was "one" form of autism. They typically couldn't speak, couldn't function, had to be fed and were hidden away in the attic bedroom. Today, for many reasons including huge amounts of cash, there are a hundred forms of autism including people who would have been simply recognized as socially inept geniuses fifty years ago. The money, or more correctly the activism to seek more money, has distorted the issue. Many of the people today who are 'autistic' are not 'autistic' but the rules were changed to aid the disposition of government money.
Does it matter? That is does it matter that the definition of autism now is the autism spectrum that includes everyone with a 'tick' or social difficulty? I think it does. fifty years ago this women and others like her would have won the Merit Scholarship award with a full scholarship to college. If she would hold it together and graduate she would have taken a job in the sciences where she would spend the rest of her career and 'maybe' even discover something.
But with the autism label and the attention that brings she cannot and never will get past the idea that somehow the world has 'wronged' her and every misstep or failure is someone else's fault and she will likely not succeed, not graduate, not have a career in the sciences and never discover something. Why should she? All her problems are the failure of the world to simultaneously treat her like everyone else AND treat her like she is special.
IMHO this is 'another' case of the medical community failing to do no harm. If you put a 'normal' child into a spotlight and gave them a ready made excuse to fail they would fail. We treat these people in ways that we would never (should never) want to treat our own children. We label them with self defeating predictive labels and sure enough they live up to our expectations. It is child abuse.
Have you ever seen a dog (watch the veterinary shows on TV) that had a leg amputated. They recover in a few days and are overjoyed to get out and chase a ball or run after the kids, etc. They are blissfully unaware that they are handicapped. This 'unawareness' works in their favor and they succeed. Imagine if you could somehow 'reward' the dog for and constantly remind the dog that it is handicapped. Would the dog then embrace it's handicap and not run around as though it were normal and instead seek your sympathy and use it all to explain away it's inability to do anything???
This young woman has been damaged much more by the leftist social milieu than she ever has by her innate biology. Happily, she has come to recognize that; unhappily, she's a rare exception.
Under today's intersectional "norms," healthy, well-balanced, productive people occupy the lowest rung, and advantage is available only to those who can assert one or more claims of victimhood or oppression. So people no longer strive for achievement, they strive for pity. Instead of the world getting better, it just gets more toxic and selfish.
He is a VERY GOOD writer and I hope to see more of her work. She has learned a very hard lesson at a young age and will be much the better for doing so. I believe she would benefit from reading the Stoic philosophers, who ran the gamut from slave to emperor.
It seems to me that the diagnosis of autism over the decades has become:
On the Autistic spectrum=I have no damn idea as to what is wrong with you so I will call it this.
I believe that there is such thing as Autism, but the label is misapplied too often.
"I pored over lists of required reading for allies: 40 bail funds you should support, 120 brilliant YA novels by black authors, 3,934 things you can do to make up for your internalized white supremacy. I contemplated a major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, signed petitions, and dutifully absorbed messages of self-hatred and complicity."
This girl seems very intelligent, and that's nice. But she has no clear identity; so she's trying to obtain herd immunity. She wants to join the superclass of woke people who are cool, included, and relevant. That's a lot better than being a handicapped college student. The truth is that this girl is running away from herself. She's a white, Anglo Saxon female who would like to make money, have a boyfriend, and go to parties. But she can't admit that to herself. To do so would be an abdication of her political obligation to love black people. Her counselor should tell her that black people don't care what she thinks. Blacks are not the victims of injustice that they make themselves out to be. And she's not either. She needs to learn to embrace happiness, until it becomes a daily habit. There will always be injustice in the world, but happy people enjoy life anyway. They don't take any guilt trips.