Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all
And sweetest is the gale is heard; and sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm...
~Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Western Education...

After watching Obama's speech last night, the one thing that stuck out on my mind was his emphasis on Western Education.
The need for the West to surpass everyone by increasing our education status...by excelling in Math, Science and Engineering.
He also encouraged kids to get into teaching if they really want to change the world...I thought that was great.

In my world, in many of our world's we are just looking for acceptance.
We are looking for the tools to get through the day.
We are looking to heal ourselves and our future.

We need something with a little more substance.
We need someone to assure us that they are interested in healing the human soul, not just our pocketbooks.
I live in Orange County California, I see rich people every single day.
I mingle among them when I am standing in line at the grocery store, or on the treadmill next to me at the gym.

What I don't see enough of is people reaching out to each other.
I don't see enough people smiling or saying "excuse me" or "thank you".
I don't see people looking beyond their own nose to the person right next to them...
Another "fellow American"

There was a lot of mention in the President's speech about the Internet.
I found this interesting.

I say thank goodness for the Internet.
This allows people to connect on a level that is becoming apparently obsolete in public or in person.
It allows a superficial almost allowance to seek truth, acceptance, and platform to be heard.
I am obviously grateful for the internet so that I can write my blog, read other blogs and find myself feeling not so alone at the end of the day in my journey with Autism...
What I am not grateful for though is that it seems to be replacing real human interaction and action.

I read so many of my fellow blogger posts, and it just kills me that across the board we cannot find relief...
We cannot find support in our communities, in our schools, in our own circle of friends.
We are the pioneers of this disorder.
We must rise above the pain, the unbearable days, the lack of resources for our children and we must survive.

It is so important that we continue to find support and resources for Autism.
As most of us know it receives the least amount of money of all childhood diseases...yet it has the highest numbers. Obviously that makes NO sense.

I know I am preaching to the choir here.
I just wanted to pat you all on the back and say job well done.
You are the ones who are paving the way for future families and children.

In the mess of all that it can be, I hope you all know that it will get better.
If we can raise our children with Autism, then we can hope for a better tomorrow.
If we can still smile at the end of our helpless, lackluster, tantrum filled, head butted, pooped on, judged by others, weird looks, echoic cartoon conversation with no thank yous or hug days, then MY GOD ANYONE can find the hope in a better tomorrow :)

Western Education?
What about getting the Westerners to "like" each other first...and that means everyone.

I don't see Math helping out a lot in the issue of human compassion and acceptance...
BUT this is just my opinion.

I would just like to hear my son tell me he loves me and mean it...to have a normal conversation about anything...anything at all.
To be able to put my faith in others and know that if he was not in my care he wouldn't be judged or gave up on...that people would smile at him and mean it.
Way more than I would like to see him solve 2+2

Don't know why this rubbed me the wrong way so much, I just see so much human indignities and hurt every day that sometimes the logical answer to ME is not always the right one.
And let's not even get started on the topic of Autism and "logic"...
Maybe another day.

peace :)

1 comment:

  1. excellent point. Before anything else should come human decency. XO