Autism Politico

Discussing the politics of autism.

Editorial #59: Quote #7

Autism Politico has found another quote to discuss: 

Dickens once wrote: 

“To conceal anything from those to whom I am attached , is not in my nature. I can never close my lips where I have opened my heart.” 

People who have done nothing wrong have nothing to conceal. 

But whether or not a person has something to hide, to not be open to others suggests a closed heart. 

As Aspies, we keep ourselves to ourselves. This sort of reserve is admirable, but from society’s perspective, we are secretive at best, concealing something at worse. 

Oftentimes, a lawyer of a perpetrator of a crime will say “Because my client had Asperger Syndrome, he did not know right from wrong.” 

People on the spectrum know right AND wrong and they know right FROM wrong.

People on the spectrum may claim not to understand why it is people believe people on the spectrum do not know right from wrong, but the reason people have this belief is  simple: 

Aspies conceal their hearts from people, because they keep their mouths shut. 

Autism Politico believes that a lot of the prejudices people have about Aspies are the direct result of Aspies making themselves inaccessible to other people. We are not only aloof, but we are so shy as to be perceived guilty of something by other people. 

By contrast, a smiling NT can pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. 

While it may be better to be honest and presumed guilty rather than guilty but presumed honest, it’s best to be honest and presumed honest, and that is something that people on the autism spectrum are perfectly capable of doing, if they only open up to others. 

Replies to this editorial are welcome.

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March 26, 2010 - Posted by | Autism Community & Its Politics, Quotes | , , , , , , , ,

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