Autism is not a mental disorder. It is an evolution of the human brain.
From language to education, from science to engineering and the invention of economy, our growth has been phenomenal over the past few centuries. We are taking engineering and medicine to a great new level. Everything is becoming modernized. Soon there would be no men working at construction sites. There will be computer operated machines creating large scale constructions on its own. There would be a cure for all diseases. There may be a time when there are no diseases at all. It may be told that most of the diseases are imaginary.
There would be a cure for imagination. Hypnosis would be advanced. May be my imagination is faster than time but the idea of a modern civilization is manifesting. It is 2015 and the future is bright. It’s beautiful and it’s made in chrome. Man is complete, or so we thought, until the man of the future came along.
Autism spectrum was first diagnosed and speculated upon in the beginning of 1980s. The spectrum was discovered and people thought of it as an epidemic, they were looking for a cure. Parents from all over the world were educated about autism. One by one autistic children were identified. Over the next two decades the reason for autism was questioned and pondered upon. Many scientists and doctors searched and researched to know the reason for autism.
From vaccines to genomes every idea was conceived and tested. Today every child out of 68 children is autistic. In 1980, the number was 1 in 10,000 children, in 1990 it was 1 in 500, in 2000; the autism statistic in USA was 1 in 250 children. In 2004: 1 in 166 American children were affected, in 2009, 1 in 110 and in 2013: 1 in 68 children are autistic.
In the year 2013 the idea of gene mutation was brought into consideration by Dr. Mathew. W. State, Psychiatrist, University of California, and the reason for autism was officially discovered. Autism is a result of gene mutation. It means that from the first amoeba to ape and to man, our genes were transferred in a pattern. The gene of mankind was successful, we made more babies, we built newer and newer civilizations and we found a way to co-exist. If you asked me i’d say man is over estimating himself to think that he can destroy his universe. There would be a greater species than man, just a few thousand years from now.
Anyway, in 1900’s there was a gene mutation. It was like one braid in a million braids that went wrong and the result was autism. Autism is a brain condition that consists of a spectrum of disorder, from attention to communication, therefore the name given to it is the Autism Spectrum.
The condition is purely a communication disability. Humans have a need to belong to a community, a need to interact. It fulfils his thirst to understand, to know what another person is thinking or feeling. Therefore when a man comes along non-communicative, and does not behave the way he does, he brands him mentally disabled.
The truth of autism must be explained. Autistic people have a different brain. They cannot understand the things we do, for example smelling water might be absolutely brilliant according to them, but from our perspective, it would be stupid.
I say, the ability to talk and express feelings has only confused us. Language is an invention. Man was not born to speak. Man was born. There was no reason to it, just like autism. Language was invented and is in use till date to express feelings. What you want. What you feel. What you’re opinion is. To express what you are thinking, to make life more beautiful. Language is only a series of sounds learnt and mastered to express a particular meaning. Philosophically saying, i realize, there is no meaning. Meaning is what we imagine it to be.
It is known that autistic children are gifted in many ways. Human beings cannot even begin to understand the possibilities of such advanced cognition. From Human calculators to eidetic memories there are some significant traits of autistic children. The question is how do we tap that side of them, how do we understand, educate and create a community for autistic children say as a means of finding a course of transfer to the human evolution. If you want to be superior you must act superior. People like Dr. Ami Klin, are proving that infants who don’t make eye contact are 90% likely to become autistic. I wonder if that is the right direction to analyze the autism spectrum.
To understand autism, we must first understand ourselves. We must understand the human condition. Emotional life is as important as everything to creativity. If there is a reason why man fails to see the truth about autism it is because man cannot understand his own emotional life. The human condition is worth being studied as the results may make us question our very reality. We have all gone past a phase wondering what is going on, why are we in this world. Where did it all come from? How would it all end? What is the future? How does change happen?
Autism is a gateway to a world that mankind has failed to explore. In all odds i think autism is a gift. It is a gift given to us by god to explore the world in a brand new way. It’s a brand new brain.
I feel underprivileged knowing that I’m not autistic, because like all gadgets when there is a new one, we all wish for the latest kind. I understand the pain of the parents of autistic children. They are worried because they are trying to give their children a better life, because our definition of life is very standard.
We must all educate ourselves on the basic studies, we should find a field that we are interested in and contribute to it or just work hard enough to build a life, so we can feed ourselves and survive to understand the many feelings of love. As a human being, i feel terrible to know that autism has stunted the growth of feelings in autistic children. Why should they be cut out from being together with us?
For that reason alone, we must think, we must find a way to create a community for an upcoming era of evolution. Autistic people are communicating from various parts of the world. They are expressing their feelings and emotions. They are telling us what they are going through. They are telling us what they feel. They are letting us know what they want and why they do what they do. They are making their presence felt. As humans it is our duty to address this situation and bring about a change to our world. The dream is ours. The dream is always ours. We can make this world whatever we want it to be. Yours sincerely, Mk Yamini.