This post is a response to some extremely ignorant remarks coming from individuals on a swag of blog sites. It seems to me that many people are extremely ignorant about autism, as well as the more highly functioning who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome. As far as I am aware there is a long way to go in understanding autism and how it is that so many children end up with this problem that affects the wiring of their brains. The worst kind of autism is that of a child who is whole wrapped up in its own world, unable to communicate properly with other than close family members.
I will note here my own experience with a young man who was autistic. I had the experience on the Trans-Canada train going from Toronto to Vancouver. The boy was not able to communicate with the rest of us, although he did get angry because we were laughing so much. His younger sister cared for him and was with him most of the time. I add here that his father and a female relative were also a part of the family group. The boy loved trains and his thing was train time tables. He did not have Asperger’s Syndrome because he was lower functioning. I also note that I came across even more of these individuals when on a cruise, because by chance there were a number of disabled travelling on that particular cruise. I observed one older male who I would also put in the autistic category. He did not have the ability to write.
On the other hand, the young people with Asperger’s Syndrome tend to be those with a very high IQ. They are the nerds in the school. They are the computer whiz kids. A good example of such individuals would have to be the young men portrayed in the hit show, “The Big Bang Theory”. If you observe their characters carefully you can see how they are incapable of mixing socially with others, sometimes they are inappropriate in the way that they try to socialize, and they love routines. They are extremely nerdy and they have a thing about rituals.
Adam Lanza could be easily identified as typical of the person portrayed on the Big Bang Theory, but with exception. It appears that he had some other form of mental illness. I suspect that he had schizophrenia, and when he went off the deep end he had reached a level of paranoia that meant he should have already been committed to a mental institution for his own good.
Some information is becoming available, such as someone stating that Lanza was angry with his mother because she had applied to the court to have him committed. I do not understand the connection to Sandy Brook Elementary School because the mother had worked in the finance sector and had not worked at the school.
Right now there is a very incomplete picture. Lanza damaged his computer hard drive prior to his murderous rampage. This means that he was probably hiding something about his online activity. Could it be that he had been a hacker for Anonymous or with Lulz? Did he discuss his anger with someone online?
The point that I want to make here is that this person had more than Asperger’s. It was quite clear that he was mentally ill, and this is something that is increasingly apparent in the majority of these murderous rampages. In nearly every single case, mental illness has been the root cause of the evil perpetrated by certain individuals. I think that this was also the case with Anders Brevik of Norway, except that the courts claimed he was not mentally ill (oh yeah!!).
Conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome are something that is observable. Even with ADD and ADHD there are observations about the condition that can be made, but not all children diagnosed in that way actually have the condition. Sometimes it is a case that the child needs a stern hand from a father figure. The mother becomes the victim of the individual because she is coping by herself. If the child screams something like “I have rights”, then you can start looking elsewhere, not just for blame, but at least to understand the psyche, and to show that sometimes the leftist notion of “rights” actually goes too far.