I have once again seen political maneuvering being done in the name of autism advocacy. One group of advocates got the idea to have a day declared Communication Shutdown to raise awareness of autism. Another group (Obviously unaware of the entrapping nature of competing against political ghosts) decided to advocate against this event with an opposing event called Autistics Speaking Day. This is (despite the appearance of the name) a closed group that has a narrow political agenda.
I am participating in the organized opposition group and yet what's advertised in the name of free speech is not only false advertising, but it is the opposition to free speech. Nothing threatens the attainment of democracy more than the claim that it is already existing. In the U.S., we play a political game where we imagine this as a right in order to deny most people the privilege.
These advocates responsible for this Autistics Speaking Day event are well schooled in the art of deception and politics but as with most pawns, duplicating how the important advocates' work is a trap. If you don't have a view from the top you can't see how corrupt it is and how you're being used.
Character is based on the decisions we make, and we must first choose boundaries for ourselves. I have a friend who often says "people who don't respect boundaries don't like boundaries." I understand that better more all the time. I (like I'm sure many others do) will end up making excuses for people over and over thinking that somehow they aren't really wanting to be disrespectful. However, people accustomed to boundary-less environments must want to leave that atmosphere before they adjust to a new one. No one can make that choice for them and enabling it will encourage the same behavior in the enabler.
Humans have the ability to plan in a unique way and that ability isn't stifled nearly so much by neurological configuration/nature as it is by politics and societal grooming/nuture. If you teach a person to play a game that requires and allows for no unique individual planning on their part, it's not likely that you will lose. This is how politics is taught to advocates. Very few can truly change things within the political system because the first lesson learned is that compromise is more important than creativity.
The house always wins. You can't fight against tyranny with a tyrannical approach. and this is becoming my favorite quote:
"The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House"- Audre Lorde
(this quote is repeated on this blog site many times)
Viktor E. Frankl said:
"Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Frankl challenged the very foundation upon which the entire US political system is based. The constitution claims that citizens have to right to pursue happiness. But the very nature of the claim would lead people to a vain existence based on idolatry. The stimulus of the US economy is a chase and a race where the reward is unattainable. Politics is not a tool. It's fantastic folly. The people will benefit from it are already established. Again the house always wins.
If I ever gave people the impression that neurodiversity advocates weren't opposed to disability rights, I apologize. Until the last couple days, I didn't know that anyone was so underhanded and ambiguous as to fight for the right of so-called Aspies at the expense of others. I have learned unfortunately that indeed this is happening. What's worse is that it's disguised as bluntness (that being the subject of a later blog post is the only way to do that topic justice).
A political group encouraging neurodiversity is a contradiction. The inclusion of diversity by definition is respect of different goals and different motives. Politics by definition is the adherence to narrow set of methods and goals set by an inaccessible authority. If peoples unique abilities and what they have to offer are to truly be respected, political environment is the surest place that will make that impossible.
On Nov.1 st autistics will communicate as they always do and people will attempt to silence them as they always do but beware the solutions. Gramma ain't supposed to have a long snout and sharp teeth. If you see that, take your picnic basket and head for the forest! There is no comfort and support in that house despite the appearance of the surroundings.
Furthermore, there is nothing empowering about fighting against an enemy that wants to have you for dinner. That kind of fighting is only for protection. Try not to confuse and abuse what you do to survive....and quit investing in ships that will never sail.