As someone who legitimately has autism (I didn't say my first word until I was three, and literally pushed people away who tried to hug me when I was a baby, or so I'm told), I don't know how I feel about this.
Yes, I was a target for bullies in my childhood and teenhood, and I didn't have any close friends either. But I did have fun in my own fantasy world / imagination. Now that I'm both older and more "normal", I get along better with people and can relate better, though I still have problems with it. I'm also less imaginative, and less obsessed with the things I always liked; namely, cartoons and video games. And I still have no close friends, just some people I talk to online.
Maybe being "normal" would have been better in a number of ways.
Btw, I have to say one thing here. I, personally, think Asperger's (but not autism) is way overdiagnosed, but there are some people who I can tell definitely have it or some variant (see: ulillillia, either his personal site
or his YouTube account
). And sometimes I've met a number of people online who have both very poor social skills and heavy obsessions. I don't ask them if they have autism or Asperger's; I just assume they do.
I can definitely relate to the "don't take away what makes me who/what I am" crowd, but there's no denying I had serious difficulties growing up, and might be better off without them, even if it means taking away the eccentricities I also had and enjoyed having.
edited 7th Jan '11 1:04:18 PM by BonsaiForest