Tales of an Aspie Freedom Fighter

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Biology of Hate

My life as an aspie has not been easy. I have faced hatred and bulling as most of us had. And many of us have had to deal with the horrors of the institutions which are worse. Often I have wondered why do people fear and hate us so much. We aren't really any kind of threat. Yet we are given such dangerous terms as 'Epidemic' or mental disorder. To Scientology we are the cause of all evil on the planet! Others just say that we are a burden to society and are going to cause the fall of civilization.

Huh?

How can a hand flapping Autistic rocking in his chair be considered such a threat? The truth is that people fear those that are different. The question that I ask is why? The standard view is that our culture promotes this attitude. But this kind of behaviour has been persistent throughout most cultures across the entire span of history. All wars have a undertone of hatred in them. We villianize our opponents. So that leaves the question why. Why do we hate? What is the purpose of such a destructive emotion? My theory is that hatred of "them" is a trait that we evolved to survive.

In order to explain this we go back to prehistory and the days when our species first appeared on the earth. We have all seen that famous image of the ape evolving into a man. This would lead you to believe that this was a linear progression where only on species existed at one time. This is in fact many of these species co-existed for a time. Australopithecus and Homo Erectus co-existed for a time. As well as Neanderthal and our species. I believe that the may be more hominid species our there waiting to be found that co-existed with us in our beginnings. Many mythological races like elves, fairies or giants seem the point to a time when we encountered other hominids of different shapes and sizes. If this is the case it make a sharp contrast to modern day where only one species exists, ours.

It is my theory that our species has evolved with a hatred of other hominids and preemptively attacked and eradicated and persecuted all the other hominid species. No doubt different species would have come into conflict a lot as most existed on the same food supply. But our species is the only one that attacked without good reason. This gave them a evolutionary edge. Our species got complete access to resources by eliminating all there competition. It has also been theorized that our species is the first that could predict events over long periods of time(For example predicting the movement of herds over the seasons). If that was the case and lesser homids would not have stood much of a chance in a conflict against homo sapiens. Eventually there was only one left.

But after we won the crown of earth we kept fighting. Anyone who was different would be attacked. This occurred in the form of wars and racism. And new and more subtle methods of persecution where invented like slavery. However as a species we are not able to stomach genocide directly. So we invented social constructs like government, and religion to provide rationalizations for our actions.

The one that has harmed Autistics probably the most was Christianity. I do believe that many aspies might have been tried for witchcraft. Autistic might have also been thought to be possessed by demons (this belief still exists today).

But as Science began to take away influence from the Church such practices become rarer and rarer. So science made it's own social construct, Insanity. Now people that where once witches or possessed are now dangerously insane and locked away in insane asylums. At first the goal of the Insane Asylum was as a prison the keep "insane" people away from those that are normal. Effectively killing them socially. Nowadays the focus is a little different. Now psychiatry has another goal. The re-engineering of the insane. Into normal people; Otherwise known as therapy. Now don't get me wrong the are many cases where such re-engineering is necessary and welcome. People with depression would love to be not depressed. And the hallucinations & delusions of schizophrenia can be dangerous to those around them and themselves. But as a whole the "insane" are not as dangerous as the public is made to believe.

So, that is my theory. But let go back to the point when we eradicated all other hominids and we turn our hate toward our own kind. Well the irony is, that we seem now to be close to victory in that conflict too. As technology increases, it becomes easier and more efficient to kill one another. Now we live with the the threat of nuclear bombs. 600,000 swords of Damocles hanging over our heads, all of them on one thread. And we have the business world recklessly endangering the environment we live in in there own weird variation of aggression.

Now from all this it seems that I am portraying the human race as hateful monsters. That is not so. Hate is only just a part of the human experience. But it is beginning to destroy us. We need to keep it under control.

3 Comments:

  • I wasn't aware that Scientology thought people with Autism Spectrum Disorders were the cause of 'all evil on the planet'. Certainly they have said other extreme and implausible things about other mental and neurological conditions - Cruise and medication being a case in point.

    Interesting theory on the hatred of other hominids. It would be nice to think we were not in fact creatures of hate, but that doesn't seem to be true, and that's very sad.

    Do you think this hatred is something we are born with or something we learn? Perhaps not so simple.

    By Anonymous Bronwyn, at December 18, 2005 2:27 AM  

  • I was told that by an Aspie that was involved with Scientology(very briefly). More likely they view all mental illness as an evil, including Autism.

    We are not creatures of hate it is just another dimension to our multidimensional human nature.

    I believe we are born with the potential for hate. We are born with the potential to be anything within the range of human experiance. it the choice we make and the path of our life takes that determines which we follow. Like Noam Chomsky said "Human beings, depending on there circumstances can go from a saint to a gas chamber attentant".

    By Blogger Drifter, at December 18, 2005 2:47 PM  

  • This theory closely resembles the
    "Killer Ape Theory" originated by Raymond Dart, the anthropologist who discovered Australiopithecus (early species of man). His theory states that man's aggression was the driving force behind his evolution.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_ape

    By Blogger MJ884, at May 14, 2007 2:31 AM  

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