I believe there is nothing harder than to try and be something you are not. For example, the above photo shows a black and white kitty pretending to be an Emperor Penguin. Now the first question which comes into my admittedly not exactly standard mind is, what is a wee kitty doing in Antarctica? Was he a pet or mascot for a team of scientists and wandered off, or worse…did they leave this wee kitty behind?
Or, did the scientists decide to make this kitty part of a diabolic scientific-kittycat-hating experiment in which he is embedded with a computer-chip that enables him to adapt to new and extreme environments? To “FIT IN” to a group in which he really has no chance of surviving within let alone, fooling the master penguin.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, there is not computer chip which will transform those of us with Autism Spectrum Disorder into “norms” and that is a good. If it were available, we would be lesser for allowing ourselves to be forced into a situation that we were not meant to be in; or a work environment that would not allow our wonderfully unique abilities flourish. Below are two quotes, one from Paul Collins, author of “Not Even Wrong: A Father’s Journey into the Lost History of Autism;” and Temple Grandin, American professor of animal science at CSU who was blessed with autism, and world-renowned autism spokesperson; which pretty much sums what I am trying to get across to my readers.
“(Those with Autism) are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.”- Paul Collins
“Who do you think made the first spears? The Asperger Guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.” – Temple Grandin