Autistic Opinion – Greta Thunberg ~ Autistamatic

Autistic Opinion – Greta Thunberg ~ Autistamatic


Greta Thunberg is autistic. You knew that of course, because rarely does
a news report or social media comment about her fail to mention it. Why is it such an important point to make? Like thousands of other advocates, campaigners
and ordinary autistic people just getting on with their lives, I wish nobody put any
importance upon it at all. It doesn’t matter whether you make the point
because you admire her for her achievements “despite” her autism or whether you use
it to dismiss her points of view as those of a mentally disturbed child being used to
further an agenda you disagree with. The very fact that it gets mentioned at all demonstrates
the scale of the mountain autistic acceptance must climb. Not every autistic person is like Greta. There is no doubt that many of us could never
address the crowds she has, let alone endure a gruelling trip across the Atlantic in a
yacht built for speed rather than comfort. Some of us also have co-occurring conditions
which stand in our way, from epilepsy and intellectual disabilities to severe gastric
problems and learning difficulties, but she has served as a great example of what
autistic people can aspire to under the right conditions. She proves what a great contribution we can
make despite the extra challenges life throws at us. I admire and respect Greta for her commitment
to educating an unreceptive world about the biggest threat our species and planet faces. Whilst people worry about nuclear destruction
or rogue asteroids ending our existence, we have a very real possibility of destroying
our future without such dramatic events. Just carrying on as we are is likely to bring
humanity’s dominion over Earth to a premature end. Does her autism make me admire her any more
than it would if she were not autistic? No. It doesn’t. It makes me proud to see someone like myself
achieve so much and be publicly open about her autism. I respect her willingness to not hide her
nature and stand up to be counted as an autistic person. I am also appalled and disgusted by the repeated
attempts in the media and online to undermine her because of it. As an autistic person I can understand why
Greta is so committed to proving her point. I can appreciate her frustration at the idiocy
of those who make hollow arguments against the simple, hard facts she is presenting to
the rich and powerful. I can also understand why attempting to ridicule
her for being autistic, pointing out mistakes she makes, making fun of her facial expressions
and appearance and worse, only serves to deepen her determination to
be heard. You can use social advantage to bully and
dismiss an autistic person, but you cannot use such tactics to silence the truth we speak. I would consider Greta to be a fine example
of humanity no matter how her mind worked, how old she was or where she came from. She has earned my admiration and respect in
a way which few people in history ever have. The fact she is autistic has no bearing whatsoever
in that respect, but it does make me proud to see an openly autistic person using their
focus, their strength of will and their determination to make such a high profile difference that
touches the lives of us all. Why is it important that you keep mentioning
Greta’s autism? It isn’t. It makes no difference to her message whether
she is autistic or not. Every time you point it out, each time you
make fun of her speech or her mannerisms, whenever you make accusations or implications
about her being used by her parents or some nefarious agency, you make her stronger. You make your own arguments less credible
whilst the world learns just what autistic people can do when they are supported and
allowed to thrive. Thank you Greta for what you continue to achieve,
and thank you viewer, for watching.

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