Headlines from Medium Daily Digest for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Our existence is not an “epidemic”. It’s a blessing.
(This is an excerpt from an article written by Erica Price, a woman on the autism spectrum, who has a PhD and teaches on-line courses.)
Autism (and Down’s Syndrome!!!) are not malignancies. They are not tumors attached to otherwise “normal” people. Autism is a central part of us, inextricably linked with our being as humans, and there is nothing wrong with it. We don’t want to be cured. We don’t want to be subjected to therapies that force us to mask our Autistic symptoms. We don’t want fewer of us to be born, and we certainly don’t look to the increase in Autism diagnosis as a sign of societal blight.
Autism is a beautiful neurotype, which comes with many distinct features and advantages. Many of use have learned to embrace and appreciate our Autism as a superpower, despite years of being abused or berated for seeming a bit “odd”. The main struggle, for Autistic people, is the refusal of neurotypical people to see us as fully formed, complex, beautiful, interesting, and worthwhile. We need acceptance, not a cure. We need neurotypical people to realize that in some instances, it’s actually better to be Autistic than to not.
Erica Price is a Nonbinary Social Psychologist & Writer in Chicago.
Readings from the Gospel of John for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it” (John 14.13-14).
Years ago, I worked in a warehouse and loaded trucks. Occasionally, I would take our product to discount stores, who were the major outlet of our product. What if my boss wanted me to take 900 cases to a distant location? How may I approach fulfilling his request?
I could load five cases on a two-wheel dolly and roll it miles to their destination. One hundred and eighty trips later the job would be accomplished.
At the time I worked there, I owned a convertible. Suppose I could get 25 cases in the car. Thirty-six trips later the job would be accomplished.
My boss, however, provided tractor-trailer trucks for our work. One trailer held exactly 900 cases. My job was simple. All I had to do was load the trailer and the driver would take the cases to their destination.
God has given us prayer, just like my boss gave us adequate equipment for the job. Let’s trust Jesus’ words as the supreme One who knows how to get the job done. Let’s take advantage of prayer.
Prayers for Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Dear God, please teach us the great value and power of prayer.