Returning to the question of an organized persecution of autists or “modern-day inquisition,” there are several questions that are mostly beyond the scope of my inquiry but which I should at least mention at the get-go. The question of Lanza’s culpability, for example, of his acting alone and without incitement, training, or direction from any outside agency, or even of his existence (as one poster pointed out, see comments section of last post), is going to have to stay open for now, since I can do no more than touch upon it here. (I’d like to address as wide an audience as possible, and for many, alternate readings of historical events are still considered to be “whacked out conspiracy theories”).
There is also, just as crucially, the question of Lanza’s diagnosis of autism and its accuracy, which I will likewise put aside for now (since we don’t even know if Lanza exists). My interest is more general, having to do with the extent to which autism is being linked to violent behavior, and the possibility of a deliberate (though perhaps unconscious) agenda to strengthen this association in people’s minds. I want to look at both the how and the why of that, and also at the degree to which such (mis)perceptions might prove “prophetic,” in the sense of being self-fulfilling. Specifically, I want to explore the degree to which the social implementation of beliefs (such as the belief that alienated or autistic teenagers are prone to violence), even when these beliefs are mistaken, can be used to generate an actual reality.
As mentioned in the comments section, the scope of this project is growing the more time I spent on it, rather like an unknown island that appears smaller than it is, so that the nearer I get to it, the further away (and the bigger ) it starts to seem.
Meanwhile, here’s a quote of relevance to chew on:
“Just as psychiatrists have found the motivations for murder involve extremely low self-esteem — the murderer saying ‘I never got so much respect before in my life as I did when I first pointed a gun at somebody’— and just as suicidal individuals are found to have inner parental voices that tell them they are ‘bad’ and demand their deaths, so too nations that commit genocide are in fact punishing themselves. They are not just ‘being aggressive’ or ‘being greedy’ as realist theories of war claim. Wars, I have shown, result from fear, not ‘greed’ or ‘aggressiveness’ as most theories of war claim. They are outcomes of early childhood fears of helplessness — creating a ‘time bomb’ set to go off when adults believe too much freedom is resented by the inner parental voices. These voices that command them to kill — whether they are labeled ‘God’ or ‘Providence’ or “Motherland’ — are implanted during childhood in their dissociated early fear network. The voices tell them they are bad for wanting things for themselves and must be punished, and the child —rather than losing the parent’s care (usually the mother’s care, since historically fathers were mainly missing during the child’s early years) — fuses with the persecuting parent and punishes someone else as a ‘Bad Self’ scapegoat. This group-fantasy of a fusion with the Powerful Motherland always takes place before wars and genocides, showing itself in the familiar grandiose feelings of being swept up and transformed by the nation and then accusing enemies of what you were accused as a child.”
—Lloyd deMause, “The Childhood Origins of the Holocaust”