Imagine a hypothetical world, where everyone had Aspergers....
I wonder how that world will be like. There won't be a diagnosis, since everyone has it, it's normal.
But what I wonder most is whether it would be an easier or more difficult world to live in?
- Reasons why it may be easier -
- Reasons why it may be harder -
What do you think?
I often think about this.
Maybe there are housing estates where only autistic people live?
A world of Aspies? We'd be travelling the galaxies by now and Windows 1.0 would be just awesome.
An interesting thought.
I'm not sure that we would all understand each other. As much as we have similar difficulties etc there is still a massive range of the ways we think etc.
Although some aspies are very stringent about rules etc. There are others that just don't understand rules at all.
There would be an awareness of sensory issues certainly but would the different sensory issues clash? For example some people really like certain scents that others would absolutely hate.
If that was "normal" for everyone, would there be any understanding of it. Any awareness of it. Any support?
As much as I like the idea and I feel people would be far more accepted if the world was all Aspies. I'm not sure it would be quite as magical as we would like to think.
What a fascinating thought experiment!
Firstly, if my suspicions are correct, it would be like my home life (wife and I are both seeking diagnosis!). No pointless traditions, honest answers to "does my bum look big in this", and everyone responsible for their own feelings (once they find out what they are, that is!).
But for the whole world, yes many things would run like clockwork and there would probably be less stress generally (?) but I suspect that not having NT people around would actually cause some difficulty, though I'm struggling to think of what they would be now that I've suggested it!
Yeah, that's kind of what I have thought too, as there are still differences the the way we think, and different ideals may clash. I think your analysis and reasoning is very well done.Maybe there might be some sensory rooms that people can go to, just like visiting a restaurant, if they want to experience a certain smell or noise?How about a slightly different hypothetical question: if everyone is exactly like you, would the world be an easier or more difficult place to live in?
So, in this question, we can eliminate the sensory differences. And people's preferences for how stringent rules should be will be the same. But will there be other clashes? Or things that may be harder to accomplish?
That will be fun! I wonder if there is such a thing? There is a village in the Netherlands that's designed for old people with dementia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogewey Maybe someone could build an autistic village.
Haha. There are lots of Aspies that are talented in technology, so it may be possible!
Glad you like the thought experiment!I like the example you gave about your home life. It does make a lot of sense, and I think I would like to be in social relationships where people can be honest.Yeah, it's a good question. I wonder what kinds of difficulties there will be without NT people? I suppose certain things that require complex teamwork, like city planning, might be very difficult without them?
If everyone had Aspergers, then Aspergers itself wouldn't be a thing because it'd just be normal!
A bunch of high-functioning aspies can do anything - like put a man on the moon. NTs just complicate things with politics.