Aspergers "sufferers" in black and white
It is a little known fact that while most Aspies have very little truthsense, due to their inability to read faces reliably, they do have a very strong sense of right and wrong, once they memorize the rules.
If the rules are not going to be followed, then they wonder
why they exist. If the rules are going to be ignored, then
why don't the people who are making the rules make fewer or
let the Aspies write the rules so that they make sense?
Now this is known to make Aspies seem a little contradictory.
Since they don't understand unwritten rules, and it takes them
awhile to internalize printed rules, then what right do they
have to insist on anyone following the rules that they can
Because Aspies need structure.
Just like a Christmas tree starts out bare, but provides
a foundation for the decorations,
Aspies need a base to build upon, in every situation.
There has to be something there to depend upon,
otherwise they are floating freely, engaging in free association
and having to realize that not everyone suffers the same
reference points or is even paying attention.
Aspies are paying attention. Just not to what they are supposed
to, because the people who do the supposing are not paying
attention themselves, but they have the power and the Aspies
normally do not.
Let's say that an Aspie is starting a new job and walks in the
first day and notices everything that is wrong with the place,
the dirt, the unrepaired things, and the awful anti-symmetry
of the floorplan.
The training manager doesn't want the Aspie to notice anything
except what they want them to notice.
So the Aspie has to try to pay attention to something inconsequential
while still being distracted by the disorder.
This lends an entertaining pall to the whole first impression
business because the Aspie believes she is going to have
to work with ignorant slobs and the training manager
believes she is trying to train an easily distracted spacehead.
The sad thing is, they may both be right.
If an Aspie goes to church, and has read the entire Bible book
that the day's lesson is taken from, and finds when he
gets into Sunday School class that only three verses are
focused on in the lesson, and the actual context of the
verses is ignored for the sake of the doctrinal slant
that the sect the church belongs to requires, then
the Aspie is justified in believing that
something against the rules is going on.
If the Sunday School teacher has to deal with the Aspie
constantly referring to the context at the expense of the
lesson plan, then the teacher may be justified in believing that
the Aspie doesn't really belong to the sect that he is supposed
to in order to belong to that church.
Of course, there are those who believe that Jeshua Von Nazareth
was an Aspie... which could explain a lot of things.
He was very concerned with people who wouldn't follow the written
He also, as I do sometimes, had a messianic complex.
News to you, huh?