Formerly Known as Asperger / Extinction of the Individual

I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, supposedly a less free, more conservative time in the United States; but, I have never felt so confined, defined, categorized, unhinged from history, from common humanity, from belonging to my species, from kindness, from the “values” of a democratic society than I do now. The individual has been erased and replaced by stock characters in a game of diversity-demographics. This ongoing process of extinction of the individual is critical to those “Formerly Known As Asperger (FKAA) for whom individuality and its correlates, Honesty, Justice, and Equality are essential. Having just found “where I belong” in a society obsessed by status, I am again circling in the Kuiper Belt.

The very act of ‘doing away with’ the Asperger’s diagnosis demonstrates the willful ‘doing away with’ our personalities, preference and voices – we are subsumed into a ‘spectrum’ of socially undesirable persons, classed with psychopaths, but grudgingly said to have some usefulness to society, which is a very narrow and easily removed permission to exist.

“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900

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“It is the individual only who is timeless. Societies, cultures, and civilizations — past and present — are often incomprehensible to outsiders, but the individual’s hungers, anxieties, dreams, and preoccupations have remained unchanged through the millennia.”

_Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983

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“The larger the group, the more toxic, the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought. And when you suspend your individual beauty you also give up a lot of your humanity. You will do things in the name of a group that you would never do on your own. Injuring, hurting, killing, drinking are all part of it, because you’ve lost your identity, because you now owe your allegiance to this thing that’s bigger than you are and that controls you.” _George Carlin, Last Words 

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For those who would have Asperger children ‘ape’ so-called normal behavior:

“Imitation cannot go above its model.”

“The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man’s.”

_Ralph Waldo Emerson, Divinity School Address

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And from old school psychology and psychiatry:

“Ultimately everything depends on the quality of the individual, but our fatally short-sighted age thinks only in terms of large numbers and mass organizations…”

_C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self, 1875-1961

“The liberty of the individual is no gift of civilization. It was greatest before there was any civilization.”

Sigmund Freud, 1846-1949

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2 thoughts on “Formerly Known as Asperger / Extinction of the Individual

  1. No, not psychopaths.

    Those small-town gods are too useful to Normdom as a whole (hence the current spate of apologetic literature by Dutton, Fallon, etc.).

    Normdom reckons the Psychopath and related types as its leaders, and wishes to become them (that it may usurp their exalted position at the top of the dominance hierarchy.)

    Normdom puts us down with the rodents, fleas, and plague bacilli – of limited usefulness at best – lab animals for the rodents, entertainment for the fleas (flea Circus? ), and biological warfare agents for the bacilli.

    That, of course, is when they have tangible uses – which is rare any more. (unlike psychopathic/ narcissistic individuals. Those are leaders…) There is the ‘mythical’ use, also – mythical as in the practice of casting us as demons .
    (Normdom’s comprehension of the spirit world is at best, similar to that of shamanism – as in their comprehension is a magical one, one where negotiation with non-material beings is possible – where they may be duped and gamed, even…)

    The chief use of our kind now is that of pharmakoi/ poison-containers/ scapegoats – demonized Others of such alien cast that we are seen as the sole source of all that is wrong in Normdom’s purview. (And, by our extirpation, Normdom thinks that it will return to its former state of magical potency – which is the chief thought behind much current and historical propaganda regarding ‘the demonized Other’.)

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    • “normdom thinks it will return to former state of magical potency” Yes, that’s it. When leaders are exposed as psychopaths and sociopaths, the magic ends. Normdom has become one vast crime scene. No one knows what to do. Our formerly competent species is searching like mad to put the whole mess back into the “magic” bottle; it won’t work. We will either find value in being the human animal, or “create” cyber psycopaths in our own image to carry on as usual.

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