While I understand the usefulness of labels such as autism, I am grateful that we have finally gotten to a place where we are speaking of a “spectrum” of autism. I suspect that, in time, we may come to understand/accept all of humanity itself as a spectrum, and not have to use labels at all. This is what I love about the characters of Spock and Data. . .they bring to the fore the question, “What is it to be human?” They help demonstrate that humans are individuals, each giving expression to their humanity in different ways which, if we could accept, would be a giant step forward. Rather than a planet of forced/attempted sameness, we would finally welcome everyone and be that much richer for it.
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