Posts Tagged ‘Empathy’

I know some may not agree with me on this, but I think that this by far is the best representation of an autistic individual I’ve seen ever in TV or movies.

It starts off with Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, giving a lecture about a crime scene and trying to get the students to see what he sees when profiling a killer.

In walks FBI agent Jack Crawford, played by Laurence Fishburne, comes in and wants Graham’s help. For introduction of ‘s character, Crawford asks upfront, “where are you on the spectrum?” Will tells him, he has Asperger’s. These are not the exact words, but it’s obvious he’s not ashamed of his neurological condition. That’s the last you hear the word autism brought up, but as it’s portrayed here is very good because they show you in not so many words what it’s like for at least someone like this guy. On top of that, they don’t give you the stereotypes of what some have said of autism in the past.

Graham FEELS empathy, so much so, he can actually go into the mind of a killer. He reads people so well that it’s almost handicapping. But he is strong, stronger than even the FBI agent thinks. This is where you see that Crawford needs Graham but is concerned, so he brings Dr. Hannibal Lector in to  help Psychologically profile the killer they are looking for and he ends up psychoanalyzing Will  (he’s not to happy when Lector does this). As we can see, Lector is the true monster in this. He’s a serial killer and they don’t know it yet. It will be interesting to see how this show progresses.  I don’t know how long they can go before it gets ridiculous if Lector isn’t caught.

They really don’t make a big deal of Graham’s autism, but they show his difficulties, which is good. They also show him as a human like everyone else. He cares, he feels. Amazing. I really love it. And it’s also the first time I really relate with a character. I know Will Graham, I know what it’s like. I walk into a room, and I can feel everything in that room. I don’t have a savant skill such as his, but I can feel so much around me in the world that it hurts.
I think I may have found my favorite crime show on TV.

Whoever the writers are, I applaud them for doing a great job and not making it a joke. I applaud them for showing us autistics as human and nothing more or less than. Also, for showing a character who is capable. They assume competence. And that is the best part of it.

ImageA couple days ago it was made aware to me that some organization called The Six Degrees Project  proposed a couple hours of silence for autistic people, especially those who are limited in ‘traditional’ speech, so that they could ‘put themselves in an autistic’s shoes’.

I find this offensive. How does 2 hours of complete silence honor autistic people? Moments of silence are usually reserved for the dead. Autistic people are not dead in the least!! And another thing, if you haven’t bothered to get to know one, even one autistic person, you have no idea what it’s like in our shoes. Autism is not a disease or disorder, it’s a way of being. Yes, there are difficulties, but who in this life doesn’t have those? Shame on anyone who actually thought this was a good idea. Many of my fellow bloggers have made the same point, but I’m gonna make this short. DO NOT TRY TO PUT YOURSELF IN OUR SHOES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVEN’T EVEN TAKEN THE CHANCE TO KNOW US!! Thanks for listening to my rant. *hugs*