The Way I See It: Special Olympics

This website is writing through your personal issues. In that spirit, I’m going to write about my experiences on the autism spectrum.

I’ve gradually come to realize how differently I see the world, compared to most other people, the vast throng of people collectively known as ‘neurotypical’ or NT. It’s an ongoing process.

What I describe here might enrage you. If so, congratulations! You’ve just experienced a different point of view. It’s a exercise worth repeating.

But we’ll take it easy and start out with something unambiguously positive.

A person of low intellect was using abusive language to describe the Special Olympics on the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s social media. He was having none of it:

For anyone reading this without images, here was his response:

As evil and stupid as this comment is, I’m not going to delete it or ban you (yet) because it’s a teachable moment. You have two possible paths ahead. Right now, I guarantee you that these athletes have more courage, compassion, brains and skill — actually more of every positive human quality than you. So take their path — you could learn from them, and try to challenge yourself, to give back, to add something to the world. Or you can stay on your path, and keep being a sad, pitiful, jealous Internet troll who adds nothing to the world but mocks anyone who does out of small-minded jealousy. I know that all you really want is attention, so let me be clear. If you choose to keep going this way, no one will ever remember you.

Really, what’s so special about the standard Olympics? I understand the drive for people to excel at something; to devote their life to something for which they’ll be remembered. But I have a hard time understanding how shaving a few tenths of a second off the time needed to swim/run/jump etc. a standardized distance is equal to a life.
Which (in addition to genetics) perfectly explains why I’m not an Olympic athlete. Your mileage may vary.
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