Re: re. RMS
On 05/04/2021 16:29, Miles Fidelman wrote:
Given that Friday was Autism Awareness Day, it might be worth noting
that RMS is clearly "on the spectrum" - and well known since the days
he slept in his office at MIT (my student days).
I am a father to a child diagnosed with ASD (Autistic Spectrum
Disorder). During diagnosis, as we went over the (surprisingly
objective) criteria for ASD, I realized it is more likely than not that
I am a case of undiagnosed ASD (though probably more minor case than my
daughter). It is from that position that I have this to say:
I absolutely positively reject the notion expressed here. The way we
interact with others is 100% our responsibility. While I completely
reject the blanket statement made by Thomas, if you want a leadership
position, particularly one where you manage other people, be ready to
forego any alleviating circumstances you might otherwise be able to claim.
Why is it that nobody ever gives him any leeway for that?
We should show compassion to others' struggles. We should do so whether
those struggles have a DSM definition or not. We should also expect our
leaders to show humanity towards people they have power over. Again, we
should do so whether or not DSM is involved in the process.
There are some norma-deviations in the DSM manual that hinder ability to
tell right from wrong. However:
1. Autism isn't one of them.
2. If you want to apply to _that_ exception, then you absolutely
shouldn't be in a position of power.
I am raising my child to know that asking for special consideration in
that regard means paying the price of not achieving what others can. I
am instructing anyone interacting with my child to show understanding to
my child's blunders, but not to accept them. An Autistic person making
an insensitive or hurtful comment toward others still leaves someone
hurt. We can understand why the comment was made, but we shouldn't
accept that it's okay to hurt others.
- re. RMS
- From: Miles Fidelman <email@example.com>