Thursday, November 12, 2009
Another Subhuman Primate Appears on WCCO 4 News. . .
On the WCCO 10 o'clock newscast this evening, a high school student was featured for his amazing abilities: he can play a song on the piano after hearing it only once, he has composed over 100 songs -- in his head, he possesses mathematical and scientific genius, and he can recall minute -- if boring -- details from random days that transpired years ago. His blindness aside, there's just one caveat: he's autistic. As I'm sure you (my readers) are aware, one of the criteria for an autism disorder anywhere on the spectrum is a lack of the ability to feel remorse for one's wrong-doings. I know I cannot speak for anyone else, but I'll take having a conscience, thus my humanity, over all of those abilities and much, much more. No amount of fame, talent, money, awesome jewelry, genius (and I don't say that lightly at all), respect, love, and/or life-altering and mind-flaring sex could ever make up for a conscience. It's the one thing that truly separates us from laboratory monkeys. Seriously. That's it. We have the cage around ourselves (if sometimes only figuratively), and everything else, but the stamp of humanity is the ability to experience remorse from within one's spirit.