Personally, I think the surge in autism (if there is one) can be a result of better pre-natal care, better nutrition, medical advances, and pregnant women taking better care of themselves (no drinking, no smoking, or just limited exposure). We’re the result of doing things right. And the folks who think we’re wrong just might be relics of a past age that they actually always wanted to get beyond.
The first time I heard this theory, it came from my partner, many years ago. As usual, the threads of the same theory had been assembling in my head, too, but given my then-unknown tendency to separate thought from words/language, I could never quite express it. When he proposed it, however, this instantly sparked the union of those thoughts and words. I knew precisely what he meant.
Of course, neither of us made the connection to the Asperger’s/autism spectrum back then, but only because we didn’t know. We had barely heard the term “Asperger’s”, and we knew the word “autism”, but for us, it conjured up the same imagery that it does for most people today, and back then, that certainly didn’t seem to hold any resemblance to a higher rung on the evolutionary ladder. We seriously didn’t know.
What he had said, however, was that there had been certain…
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