If Autistic People Ran the World


What if we lived in a world where the people whose minds are more at ease with objects, ideas and animals were the dominant species?

What if they were the ones who made the rules about what is “normal?”

What if they created a beautiful, orderly world?

What if there were an explosion of new art, architecture, music, beauty, pattern and regularity?

What if there were an inherent respect for other life in addition to human life? What if stewardship for the planet and all the species on it was assumed to be a priority?

What if there were a renaissance of thought, leading to new inventions?

I’ve read that many of the great minds who developed ideas that were a leap ahead were probably on the autism spectrum. They thought differently. They looked at reality differently. They sometimes even experienced reality differently. Wouldn’t it be great if those minds were encouraged to go even further?

What if there were no need for unnecessary time spent on small talk?

What if human relationships were honest and straightforward, and people said what they meant and meant what they said?

What if there were no human pettiness, no human wars and no human-caused chaos?

Wouldn’t it be great if that were the expected mode of operation?

Put the people with autism in charge, and I believe it would be.

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