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Azereiah
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27 Nov 2013, 12:15 pm

This is going for everything.
Religion. Life style choices. Politics especially. The Autism debate.

Every time I go into a debate I become more inflammatory and more impatient, regardless of the subject. I can't tolerate what I view as idiocy any more. Any kind of false "Fact" I hear has a chance of sending me into a rage, over things including capitalism, health care, mental health, medicine... Anything. I may change my tune later, but that's also becoming rarer.

Pretty soon, at this rate, I'll probably be a militant thinker. It's already showing up online, and it's getting difficult to avoid making extreme statements in reality too.



Does anybody else have this issue? It seems like it wouldn't matter if you're autistic or NT, but I'm kinda curious as to how those with any variant of autism are changing in their reactions to dissenting opinions over time.



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27 Nov 2013, 12:38 pm

That has been the trend around here, too. I was probably threatened with abandonment the first time I had a meltdown as a kid, and I was scientific enough to give people in general the benefit of the doubt. It helped that I had changed my ideas a few times, and was open to more refinement but by my mid fifties, it became obvious that I was usually dealing with fools who couldn't distinguish between rationalization and rationality.



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27 Nov 2013, 1:30 pm

I get the impression that some people here want to win arguments more than they want to be objective, because they think that winning arguments demonstrates intelligence. I also feel that the expression, "I don't know" should be used a lot more.

ASD may mean delayed-maturity, so perhaps these people have a youthful (immature) mind. I went through a immature stage where winning was more important than understanding and thinking.



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27 Nov 2013, 1:41 pm

Actually, being angry about social issues can be really positive! Most political activists are passionate about their cause and fight for it. Just so long as your 'anger' is directed appropriately (without raging), then it's ok. To channel it for good purposes.

I guess I don't have strong political views, but I can really upset over personal injustices!


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27 Nov 2013, 2:31 pm

Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
“Rip down all hate,” I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull. I dreamed
Romantic facts of musketeers
Foundationed deep, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

A self-ordained professor’s tongue
Too serious to fool
Spouted out that liberty
Is just equality in school
“Equality,” I spoke the word
As if a wedding vow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

In a soldier’s stance, I aimed my hand
At the mongrel dogs who teach
Fearing not that I’d become my enemy
In the instant that I preach

My pathway led by confusion boats
Mutiny from stern to bow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

Yes, my guard stood hard when abstract threats
Too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking
I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms
Quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now

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