By John Counsel
Whenever I hear or see someone asking what use Aspies are to the human race, or what should be done about us, my response is simple: “What do YOU think today’s world would be like without Aspies?”
Out of idle curiosity, let’s consider just a few key features of everyday life in the 20th and 21st centuries that we would NOT have if it hadn’t been for visionary Aspies, shall we?
(And yes, NTs might have given the world these life-changing technologies, etc, etc, etc, yada, yada, yada… but they didn’t. Okay?)
As for any naysayers… click here for more answers.
Meanwhile, here are some important benefits of modern living we’d be without…
Electric Power and Light
Aspies made electric power generation and distribution possible, practical and affordable in both of the two most commonly-used forms:
Direct Current (DC) — Thomas Edison
Alternating Current (AC) — Nikola Tesla
Both Edison and Tesla also invented forms of electric lighting still in use.
Radio and Telephone Communications
Radio — Nikola Tesla (not Guglielmo Marconi). More…
Fixed Line Telephones — Antonio Meucci — not Alexander Graham Bell
Smart Phones — Steve Jobs
GPS Satellite Navigation
Satellite navigation — Albert Einstein. More…
Laser technology — Albert Einstein. More…
Photoelectric cells — Albert Einstein. More…
The physics used in atomic energy generation — Albert Einstein. More…
The physics used to operate global financial markets — Albert Einstein
Affordable, mass-produced automobiles — Henry Ford. More…
Windows OS — Bill Gates (Microsoft)
Macintosh OS — Steve Jobs (Apple)
Without personal computers and mobile devices, it wouldn’t be needed.
Sound Recording and Digital Distribution
Sound recording — Thomas Edison
Digital music distribution — Steve Jobs (iPod, iTunes)
Democratic government and personal freedom
Modern democracy — Thomas Jefferson, et al
Personal liberty and freedom of belief, conscience, expression, etc — Thomas Jefferson, et al
Amost half of the books of the New Testament — The Apostle Paul of Tarsus
Clarification: Several readers have expressed concern that I’m suggesting that Saul/Paul was the “inventor” of Christianity. I’m doing nothing of the sort. Paul was simply one of the most prolific communicators of the Mediterranean region and the original Christian era following the death of Jesus Christ. He articulated and/or recorded many aspects of Christian life and doctrine, practices and organisation, at both the micro and macro levels, and his writings have endured.
Are you beginning to get the picture here?
I could go on and on in the fields of literature, art, music, science, technology, medicine, research, space exploration, etc etc etc but I suspect the impact of the work and ideas of Aspies is beginning to make itself clear enough to understand just how dim, primitive and oppressive life on Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries would be without Aspies.
And as I said earlier… yes, maybe Neurotypical people could have come up with this kind of record of achievement in time to make modern daily life so much better, healthier, safer and enjoyable… but the inescapable fact is that they didn’t.
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