Thursday, March 24, 2005

Guy #2: Piss Off.

While on the bus today I overheard an appalling conversation:

Guy #1: If you knew you would have an autistic kid would you abort it?

Guy #2: Oh yeah, there's no way I'd keep it.

"What the f*ck!" I thought. Just because your child would be born autistic you wouldn't keep it? How screwed in the head are you? Although autistic children are difficult to raise, that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be given the opportunity to live. What a piece of sh*t Guy #2 was.

Listen, I'm pro-choice. I fully support a person's right to choose, but Jesus F. Christ, don't abort your child simply because they're different.

I started looking up information about autism. Apparently art is one way to help children with autism develop. This isn't so shocking when you think about it -- art is a means for young children to express their relationship with and interpretation of the world around them. Autistic children often have difficulty expressing themselves and relating to others. Thus, artistic expression is a beautiful way to help them address both issues simultaneously.

I dug up a fantastic article about Gregory Blackstock, a well known autistic artist. Take him for example -- had he not been brought into this world think of what would have been lost. Just because he is different does not mean that he cannot provide meaning to his life and others.

Dear Guy #2, I wish I could go back in time and tell your parents that you'd turn out to be an idiot. Maybe they'd do the right thing and we'd all be spared from hearing your ridiculous musings while on the bus.

Above is "George Washington Bridge with the Light Pillar Reflections" by Jessica Park, another talented autistic artist.


Anonymous little john said...

Awesome painting. Some people are just idiots.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Merry Stitcher said...

V -
Cheers to you for shedding the light on Guy #2. Being born into this world with special needs is extra-ordinary. It's really something special!

Some of my greatest lessons in life have come from and with a most special person in my life, who just so happens to have down syndrome. The world would miss so much if she were not on the planet. I thank God and her parents every day for giving her the chance to be with us. She is a very special blessing.

Keep spreading the light, V -


1:25 AM  
Blogger OrenZ said...

some people are selfish, due to their ignorance of why they're here in this world.. they are supposed to sacrifice for others too, and that's the test from God..

10:06 PM  

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