“There is little sense in attempting to change external conditions, you must first change inner beliefs then outer conditions will change accordingly.”
– Brian Adams
Yesterday I have heard the president’s speech at the school in Connecticut. I think that the president was very serious when he made a promise to stop the violence at schools and other public places. He is a loving father himself, and he took the latest incident very personally.
On 60 minutes I have heard the interview with a young lady, who knew the killer from school. What shocked me was that all she remembered about him was how nervous he was when asked to speak in public, and that he was caring a briefcase instead of backpack.
1 out 110 children born in this country have autism. And Asperger autism is the mildest form of it, and usually those people are harmless. My client and well known persona in Deerfield raised a beautiful boy with that disorder. He attended Deerfield schools at all levels and right now he is in college fairly successful, and learning to enjoy social life.
Instead of seeing those people as different, we have to see them as special, have them blend in social circles and treasure what is special about them rather than what they cannot do. This is very difficult to be young in today’s world for beautiful, for average and especially for those who need help to fit in social groups.
I do feel the pain of all the parents who lost those children in the violence at school shootings. But I also want to understand and feel the pain of those killers and figure out how people who surrounded them could not recognize that pain. I think that we all have to learn more about autism and about all mental dysfunctions and we should protect all the children who are trying to figure things out on their own.
I have also heard that 1 out of 17 school children and teens are on psychiatric drugs. Children and teens are crying for help. And we have to hear the cry because sooner or later they will cry silently and that can create violence.
May all the children in the world feel special and beautiful, and may all the parents help them discover their beauty and, as Joseph Sharp says, sacred individualities.