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Indigo Children

November 15, 2007

Whether autism is a disorder or merely normative human variation depends on one’s views of neurological difference. However, I have problems with privileging those on the autism spectrum as possessing some essential or unique spiritual value.

Neurology refers to the brain and nervous systems. Spirit, at least as I would define it, is a more transcendent, or nonphysical, quality. Anyone can be spiritual, irrespective of their neurologies.

By the way, that is the difficulty, reducing spirits to neurodiversity, I have with the whole indigo children construct. It attempts to turn persons with certain neurological variations, in particular those on the autism spectrum and those with ADHD, into innate spiritual giants.

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