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I’ve got an interesting topic here that I’ve discussed with other fellas recently about Einstein’s early struggles with autism and how life may have been more or less different for him in our century today – being that autism has become more recognized than it was in his day. Many documentaries on the passion of great thinkers such as Einstein, Isaac Newton and Da Vinci may tend to point out the possibilities of obsession disorder for the open interest. In any case, the new Einstein children born today with the same driven need for discovery may have it a bit harder to get started if being recognized for compulsive issues in attention. Sometimes the range of how we learn can depend on the common modes of the school system, and over history it hasn’t easily changed.
Einstein would sure be pulling his puffy hair out at our nuclear situation. We could use a super genius for a free energy machine. Einstein to save the day; grabbing his gears and magnets to whip up a clockwork device to last the whole world, and then the higher government steps in to congratulate him, and make an offer to buy it away (lol) since we would have had free energy by now if it wasn’t illegal in the sense of putting oil and electric companies out of business. The world turns with the program, but we are at least moving towards some greener living.
We don’t have a time machine yet, but one interesting possibility of Einstein in our present age could be if a child claimed to remember being him in a past life. Those chances would be harder to be sure of when many kids can be a least a lot like him by interests and inspiration. It’s a view of beliefs open for any thoughts and possibilities. Yet one thing science and spirituality may equally agree on is that most advanced thinkers earned their fame only after a tough childhood of solitude, study obsessions and other differences from how kids are known to behave, and from there falling into the spectrums of autism. For the unique minds aiming to challenge the ways of the world as we know it, their own sanity may become a first challenge needing approval of.
Whether more or less difficult, school life today for the Einstein child (as in the next leading scientist) still wouldn’t stop them from finding alternative ways of defining the world and universe. Those born with brilliance and a driven message would have that Joan of Arc energy and become unstoppable; even if uncontrollable. Einstein’s early struggles were often from crossing out the test questions and filling in answers of his own. He may have been absent-minded and a daydreamer, but there was no saying he never cared about his education. If not as active in the classroom, he could always be found in the library, discovering the world in his own way.
The frustrating thing about world history is that discovery seems to be presently hauled at the abundant stage where everything we know as fact can be agreed on. The past is constantly reviewed but we’re not often thinking about new technologies for the future, which would only be viewed on a university education level. We know that the world is round, but whether the universe is also round (as with an end point or looped end?) is something too unseen to be sure of. After that, multiple dimensions are far beyond what anyone can explain without some big evidence. When a child starts talking about 4th and 5th dimensions, the teacher will often take it as wild behaviour and wouldn’t have the patience to listen. Even with some compelling drawings and theories, the kid would have to learn French and basketball first before having a chance to explain it in an essay, and hopefully get a B+ for the effort, but with mistakes in grammar. Most kids may excel at one thing but still have to pick up on everything else all at once.
When autism becomes something hyperactive, although some with honest troubles can use a calmer environment (empathic ability is another related topic) those with high passions have their energy quieted down before they have a chance to speak, and may otherwise be misbehaving for not following the rules of silence. Rather than being taught about creativity and personal uniqueness, there can be the common normalization where everyone must be on the same page, repeating the same things said and followed by. Early schooling is often about the ‘stop, look & listen’ orders of standing still and keeping in line. Without much freedom of expression the Einstein child would likely go into reclusive studies of their own and live a quiet life, though later becoming shy with possible speech troubles from too much time alone. High school then becomes a reverse process with therapy opening them up to expression, but still in a way of repeating the words / phrases continued in the work life and customer service department. Despite social troubles, they might have the chance to write a great speech for the lecture hall, but would be graded for presentation over subject matter. Science fairs might be one way to share their inventions, as long as the school bully doesn’t get to blowing it up first. It’s not always easy for them.
When it comes to medications, the main trouble is that meds take away the warrior energy and leaves them withdrawn and without the same passions they once had. Whether a kid with any range of autism really needs medication – it’s often a matter of what the teachers have to say, and if they’d rather not deal with a kid who is ‘acting out’ on their own then they would probably recommend more therapy to deal with it. ISP supervisors do become more like stepmothers, especially when assigned year after year again without change. They understand how powerful written letters and a phone call can be, and it’s up to the parents to see though what isn’t working and what comments about misbehaviour they know their child isn’t really like.
After all this wound up in one meter stick of a reminder, the Einstein teenager may go through down points of depression and giving up on their interests as foolish (or whatever it’s been called) but would likely be driven back into it again when the inspiration comes, and will need to break through the barriers holding them back. Confidence itself can be a strange word when a person can have all the energy for one focus but be seen as lacking the confidence or esteem in another, and that’s a thing of viewpoints. Too much drifting in the clouds could be calling for more physical exercise, and while being respectably active there, other free time for fantasy and science fiction isn’t a bad thing.
There’s a lot that can be learned from fantasy writers including Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury and H. G. Wells. Who knows if something like a time machine or transporter isn’t possible? It’s a matter of having the chance for study and discovery, and sometimes life does become hard when results don’t immediately come and the pressure is on to change paths towards the main career goals we’re prepared for, but that shouldn’t be the end of everything. Even the high IQ kids still start off with the common jobs to make a living, and it seems ridiculous when teachers warn that work life is going to be so unbearable that the view becomes a fearful first impression going into anything, and in this case we’re really not prepared because we’re not taught to be friends but co-workers in competition for higher positions in another age of recession similar to those in Einstein’s time.
With great possibilities and potentials, still a lot of things don’t easily seem in our range of control. When times are hard the search for enlightenment and discovery seems a few steps too high on Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, and our basic survival comes first, and once on our own in the world soon having to prove ourselves worthy of our own independence, despite any problems that still may bring up the old word of Autism – solitary living and hermit behaviour, duel excitability and silent nature, obsession with studies, the occasional stuttering and reminders to slow down, concerns about listening and attention disorder. It’s a process of long attuning to being considered normal.
There’s a constant need to keep well rounded in education and manners all the time. It just seems common nature that some mistakes will be caught and corrected, and it’s not a matter of judgment but an overall quest for mastering the school-based subjects we’re expected to know the basics of. One person may have a large vocabulary from reading and yet still face troubles with mathematics, then having to focus on and balance out both sides in all areas of life where skills are needed. One has to move at the fair responsible pace.
Most will adapt to the careers of a regular daily schedule, but now the Einstein adult still wouldn’t have given up on old habits as too childish. There’s a time for work and then a time for the play of passions, where watching mainstream television and being the consumer isn’t the only reward, and it can be fun (whether mad or ingenious in equal parts) to be the voluntary contributor in social networks towards higher enlightenment; bring about the plans of radical new inventions after all – still a fair possibility. That’s the way this Einstein person sees it. :D Labels are blockages. Genius is always driven. /|\
~ Dan / Aloe