Friday, 7 December 2007

Natures design.


What we call a ‘weed’ is in fact an attempt at survival by a particular species that took Nature millions of years to create and develop. The flower was fertilized at the expense of innumerable insects; it was transformed into seeds; the wind scattered them over the fields round about; and so - because it was not planted in just one place, but many - its chances of surviving until next spring are that much greater. If it was concentrated in just one place, it would be vulnerable to being eaten, to flood, fire and drought.
By Paulo Coelho
What makes a weed a weed? Some are just as beautiful (some more so) than other plants. Should we interfere with Natures design? We do it all the time in our gardens. And many throughout history have tried to do it with people. And what does the future hold?
Some see autism as a weed that has to be plucked from the worlds garden. Autism is not like cancer, it is not an illness that needs to be cured.

Autism is an integral part of our society.
We shouldnt have to be subjected to things like this. Others who have blogged on this are Whos planet is it anyway, Action for Autism, and Autism Vox. And im sure there will be others.

37 comments:

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

We would not enjoy such wonderful diversity in our world without autism...

It's not a weed, nor does it need to be plucked from society.

It's more of a flower - it needs to be nurtured, and appreciated for the beauty it beholds.

Blossomcottage said...

Weeds are free spirits they settle and grow wherever the wind takes them and perhaps Autism is the same.
It does not have the shackles of cultured plants, and they have such freedom in a contrived and bitter world surely this must have its merits and should be preserved.
Blossom

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Hi Cas, what a lovely post. I think all disability is like weeds, mother nature has put it there for a very special reason, and to try and eradicate it the way modern medicine is attempting to do with genetics etc would be a terrible mistake. Diversity is what makes the world beautiful. BG x

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Hi Casdok,

If I dont get a chance to visit you again before I leave to Oz, I'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope you have a good one!.

K M F said...

nice post

BBC said...

The idea behind the “Ransom Notes” is that, all too often, untreated psychiatric disorders are holding our children hostage.

They get many of those disorders from TV's and lack of proper parental attention and guidance. A good start would be to toss the TV in the garbage, or lock it on animal planet, or the discovery channel.

In general nature operates on the basis of the survival of the fittest, not necessarily the most intelligent.

Mankind has become a weed, and in some ways, not a very intelligent one. Not all weeds are good.

Well, I tried to make this comment sound intelligent without writing a whole chapter. :-)

Think Happy Naked Pagan Dancing. Or blow soap bubbles.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

If only more people understood about autism. Perhaps between us all, we can get there.

Crystal xx

Casdok said...

I do hope so.

Phil Plasma said...

I've always though it would be a whole lot easier to have a garden made up of weeds - as these species seem to thrive on neglect they could do quite well.

As for the metafor, I am fully with you with respect to being against discrimination of any kind.

2 Dollar Productions said...

This was a very sharp analogy, and it's always useful to remember to look at things from a broader perspective.

Marla said...

A beautiful post Casdok.

craig andrew said...

Great post! I have been going through my old journals and this post reminded me of a little thingy i wrote while sitting bored in a soil science class in college:

Soil out of place is dirt,
A plant out of place is a weed,
An animal out of place is wild,
And a person out of place is crazy.

I would rather be crazy in your eyes,
than in my own.

Molly said...

I've concluded that it's frustrating when people speak on behalf of people who have disabilities and then proceed to get it all wrong.. Does the person writing those ads have those disorders? I have ADHD and I'm not a detriment to those around me! It's actually an asset in my life. C doesn't deserve to be generalized in an ad.. I think there should be an ad up there for parents who don't accept their child for who they are.. because that's just as damaging as any "untreated psychiatric disorder" that you can diagnose a child with!

Also I hope awareness is rising. For a recent research project myself and 4 other classmates chose autism.. by the end of our presentations we'd at least begun the education process for our 20 other peers.. (oh and I'm kinda embarassed that the NYU child study center is in my city.. I Promise most new yorkers are different)

Maddy said...

Wee = a flower growing in the wrong place. Maybe we need to change the 'place'?
Cheers

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

laughingwolf said...

excellent post, m'dear...

thx for dropping over, btw

imac said...

Fasinating blog, thanks for visiting my lil ol blog and your kind comments.

Hammer said...

I don't think the weed is a valid comparison. I read the first article and they were talking about treating autism, asbergers and ADHD so the kids can function better in our society.

For example, my son has very severe ADHD. He is a charming kid but it was impossible for him to be in a learning environment or control his impulses and behavior. I resisted medication for years thinking I could teach him myself.

I finally took him to a doctor who asked if I was willing to try a medication for a short time to see if it helped him. Sure enough, The difference was like night and day. I still had my charming, happy child but suddenly he could see things around him, enjoy quiet activities like reading and games.

His grades went from Fs to honor roll. I never saw him as a weed but his ADHD was a severe disability and hindrance to his ability to function in this world.

Casdok said...

I dont see my son as a weed either. But many do and want to cure him. I dont even see my sons autism as a severe disability, and have never thought of it as a hindrance either!
Why do our kids have to change to function better in society? Why cant society change and just be more accepting?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Very nice post, thanks for the stop over on my blog but best to go to the travel one i only did this as a test to start but find i do everything on my traveling blog.

Samantha said...

I always thought of weeds as things that damage and hinder other plants from growing. To me, that makes people who see autism as a 'weed' are the damaging weeds themselves.

A Mother's Place is in the Wrong said...

Thanks so much for visiting me - it has introduced me to your wonderful Blog. And thank you for your comments - always appreciated.
Best regards, Margot xx

Kellan said...

Nicely said - who is to say what a weed is? I tell my yard guy to never put anything on the grass to kill the "weeds" because they don't bother me - I appreciate that they are at least green and unless you get down real close, you don't realize they are weeds - they are fine with me. Take care and have a good weekend. kellan

Frances said...

I very much liked all that you wrote here, then read Preseli M's blog, and somehow got the two of you connected in my reactions.

I think that the connection is that you both connected with something within my memory.

Thank you! xo

Writer on Board said...

Love your loving blog...

*Coop* said...

This is an awesome post. It's such a shame that people have fallen victim to the belief that "perfection" and "sans flaws" is ideal. What a boring, materialistic, self-centered spciety we're becoming.
I really, really appreciate your perspective.

Janis said...

My sisters son Justin is autistic. As a family we have changed because of him I think for the better. Justin has improved beyond our expectations and with diet, lots of therapy and medication we believe he will settle into a life that he can be comfortable in.
My thoughts are with you hun. It takes a strong mom to do what you do.

John Elder Robison said...

Don't forget that I too have written and spoken quite a lot on the value of autistic minds to society.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Interesting analogy. Some weeds should stay where they belong, though. Introducing Scotch Broom to Vancouver Island was catastrophic. Not so with people. Everywhere should have as much human diversity as it can hold.

Jade said...

People just feel the need to label different. Drives me nuts. Those little gems are not weeds nor are they damaged goods. They are awesome and have added so much to our "normal" worlds

I'm a firm believer that we all have a little autism in us anyways ;-)

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

The cultured flowers are what is unnatural. Thanks for being there.

frog ponds rock... said...

I have just stopped by to give you a hug.. (sore arm and all..)

cheers Kim

xox

abstractjenn said...

Totally off topic -
Every time I see that saying "It takes a village to raise a child" (which I totally believe in)

I am reminded of the saying "Somewhere there is an village missing it's idiot" In reference to GW...

misha_k said...

Autism is something that needs to be cared for and nurtured with all the love, support and acceptance we can give. With all that those who are autistic can flourish and truly be a part of society, not seen as a weed that has to be eradicated.

Hammer said...

"Why cant society change and just be more accepting?"

I wish it were that way, my kids are treated diffently be everyone.. even in our own family and especially by people who should know better. All we can do is prepare them for life best we can. There is no better advocate for children who are different than a dedicated parent.

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Casdok said...

I totally agree Hammer.
My son is also trested differently by my family. Hense i do this blog to try and get people to see things differently!

Casdok said...

And thank you Aart, i do get Paulos newsletter and have read all of his books! But good of you to point this out to others.