We are elves, too. And angels, chosen by extraterrestrial entities and generally magical. There seems to be a need among aspies and parents of autistic children to create an image of this sort. Others like to diagnose dead geniuses with Asperger's and complete their list of positive traits with some namedropping (another habit I don't understand, although I am willing to make an exception for Tesla).
Let's start with this article.
Right. Autists are sometimes said to be ethereally beautiful, and of course, many believe in it. I guess they believe in it because they want to. I don't believe in it, and I find the article plain bizarre, really. Take this, for example: " "
I don't know what else to say.
On to the next point: Aspie eyes. Yes, I know we can have special eyes in some ways, but not in the sense "magical". Someone made this video to show that people with AS have eyes that are deeper, more beautiful and more special than others':
1. The music. The video is not really as touching if you turn off the sound, is it?
2. The eyes. Some of them are beautiful, others are... just eyes.
3. The pictures. They're close-ups! Eyes, and especially when pictured like this (zoomed in) are always moving.
I feel quite sure that someone could do this with pictures of neurotypical people's eyes and achieve the same emotional effect using music and zooming in on the eyes. I'm sorry for being boring, but I really don't get it.
It's a nice thought, I guess, just like when people correct others and say that neuropsychiatric conditions are gifts, nothing else. On some level I understand this need, but when I see things like the beauty article and the eye video, it seems quite close to saying "you don't have Asperger's, you are Indigo children". Yes, I have seen that too.
Why not just see it for what it is? I personally don't mind being wired differently, and I wouldn't feel insulted by being diagnosed with a syndrome. There are positive parts of it, and of course we should talk about them! I don't mind at all, as long as I don't have to see too much of the "aspie supremacy" attitude. Still, it's a syndrome. Many of us are exceptionally cool in one way or another (heh), but we all have our shortcomings as a result of it. I think I deserve respect and understanding even without angelic beauty or magical eyes.