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What if the whole world had Asperger’s?

Some random musing for this morning…

globeLast week I was poking around the internet as I usually do and I came across a headline that said, Does our brains need protection from the modern world? It was an article on the autism speaks website. The article talked about a psychologist in the UK I believe it was, that theorized the rapid increase of autistic children could be due to the increase in air pollution. Well—that headline stuck with me, but it is not at all what this rant is about.

The headline made me think…the rising statistic 1 in 55, the idea that the environment may be a contributing factor…then something hit me!  Could it be that maybe just maybe the world is changing and we need to change too?  Maybe for some unforeseen reason this planet will need more autistic people to inhabit it and mother nature is taking over to ensure it happens?

Maybe, just maybe we as a people are evolving becoming more neuro-diverse—and maybe it is meant to be that way. Math, sciences, computers, engineering…areas that autistics tend to excel  at are very “modern world” jobs. Could our minds be needed?  What if at some time in the future everyone is born autistic and “normal” people are abnormal.  What an interesting world it would be—more direct communication, less dishonesty—and an explosion of incredible, talented minds!

Trusting the universe may have a plan…something to think about.

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.