Who would think that Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III would turn out to be the Prince Charming of Philippine politics? From being labeled autistic by his detractors, he has turned out to be the best president so far–and a very capable one at that. As if being autistic is a pejorative–no, because autistic people are geniuses, they have very high IQs, they have pure hearts, they call a spade a spade, they are hard working. They are called special because they ARE.
For our elucidation. autistic people have the following pluses:
1. Autistic People Rarely Lie
We all claim to value the truth, but almost all of us tell little white lies. All, that is, except people on the autism spectrum. To them, truth is truth — and a good word from a person on the spectrum is the real deal.
2. People on the Autism Spectrum Live in the Moment
How often do typical people fail to notice what’s in front of their eyes because they’re distracted by social cues or random chitchat? People on the autism spectrum truely attend to the sensory input that surrounds them. Many have achieved the ideal of mindfulness.
3. People with Autism Rarely Judge Others
Who’s fatter? Richer? Smarter? For people on the autism spectrum, these distinctions hold much less importance than for typical folks. In fact, people on the spectrum often see through such surface appearances to discover the real person.
4. Autistic People are Passionate
Of course, not all autistic people are alike. But many are truly passionate about the things, ideas and people in their lives. How many “typical” people can say the same?
5. People with Autism Are Not Tied to Social Expectations
If you’ve ever bought a car, played a game or joined a club to fit in, you know how hard it is to be true to yourself. But for people with autism, social expectations can be honestly irrelevant. What matters is true liking, interest and passion — not keeping up with the Joneses.
6. People with Autism Have Terrific Memories
How often do typical people forget directions, or fail to take note of colors, names, and other details? People on the autism spectrum are often much more tuned in to details. They may have a much better memory than their typical peers for all kind of critical details.
7. Autistic People Are Less Materialistic
Of course, this is not universally true — but in general, people with autism are far less concerned with outward appearance than their typical peers. As a result, they worry less about brand names, hairstyles and other expensive but unimportant externals than most people do.
8. Autistic People Play Fewer Head Games
Who was that woman, and why were you looking at her? I know I TOLD you I didn’t mind if you went out, but why did you believe me? Most autistic people don’t play games like these — and they assume that you won’t either. It’s a refreshing and wonderful change from the Peyton Place emotional roller coaster that mars too many typical relationships!–The Best Traits of Autistic People
Let’s face it, the Philippines has a GIFT in President Noynoy Aquino. When we are given a gift, what do we do with it? Yes, we treasure it, nurture it, embrace it close to our hearts.
Yes, President Noynoy–our gift–is our version of Lee Kwan Yew, who turned little Singapore into a mighty dragon. Both are capable, selfless leaders, whose hearts are for the motherland–and not for their pockets.
And while we are at it, the stumbling block to keeping and nurturing our gift is the term limit in the Philippine Constitution. Well, for every problem, there is a solution. The Basic Law of the Land should be amended to either (1) cap the limit at two terms or (2) shift to the parliamentary form of government.
Time is of the essence and we should act NOW.