We are all familiar with the societal fight to shine a stronger, more inspirational light on the LGBTQ community, as The Imitation Game reflects, but this movie also depicts a more subliminal, and more important concept about the historical figure Alan Turing, autism’s influence on history.
Although it’s never said in the movie, as autism was a newly coined disorder at the time, Alan Turing displays many symptoms of autism and Asperger’s syndrome. He rarely associates with others, he gets obsessive over his interests, he can’t understand a joke, he trembles in his speech, and he freaks out when the peas on his plate are touching the carrots. These are all common traits of ASD, and in my belief were intentionally placed by the director and screenwriter to suggest how Alan Turing was not only gay, but autistic as well.
It’s not every day you hear of somebody on the autism spectrum following an ambition to change the course of history under the secrecy of the government, but these types of stories are happening all around us, and where we never knew to look.
Another great example would be Sir Isaac Newton. You know that classic illustration of him sitting under the apple tree until one fruit lands on his head? That comes from his highly introverted nature that disliked sharing any ideas with people. He may have been overlooked by the masses of his culture, but he ended up changing the world of physics with his theories on gravity.
The stories don’t even stop there. Today, now with autism known by the masses, we hear about all sorts of celebrities who either are confirmed to have or suspected to land on the spectrum. Such minds include Dan Aykroyd, Susan Boyle, Tim Burton, and Stanley Kubrick. Imagine how their childhoods must have been whether with autism or simply just not fond of people, and imagine how stupid the kids who bullied them must feel today.
This means that despite how your autistic child may be treated by his or her peers, the brilliant mind accompanying autism is an unthinkable benefit that goes a long, long ways.
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With all these influential historical figures whose autism helped shape the thinking of mankind, I’m shocked how the general masses still see the disorder as the lowliest of the low, expected to do nothing but live with mom and dad forever while doing brief, quick jobs to make a couple of bucks.
Rather, we should be celebrating people with autism whose minds have what so few people have. With their unique look at the world and vigorous attention to their focus area…
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…everybody on the spectrum deserves a happy, influential life that leaves a worthwhile legacy.
- No child with a developmental disorder gets left behind. Encourage your autistic child to continue pressing on toward his or her personal obsessions, even if unneeded bullying or discouragement gets in the way.
- To all teachers and social workers: introduce your autistic kids/clients to some of the influential minds suspected to have autism that I listed above. Be sure to emphasize the fact that their passions for utilizing their unique minds led to them leaving an important legacy.
- Your autism is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if you do not have autism, there is nothing flawed about who you are. Use what makes you different from everybody else, and use it to its fullest. Who knows? You could save a life because of what you do.
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Have a great weekend, and happy watching!