Three Stages of Truth
from 19c philosopher Author Schopenhauer
ALL TRUTH PASSES THROUGH THREE STAGES
ONE, It is ridiculed
TWO, It is violently opposed
THREE, It is accepcted as self- evident
Now, years later, these words still ring true and Mr. Schopenhauer could probably add more to his observations as we now deal with powerful spin, loud screaming points of view that now use tools such as the net, radio and TV and of course money: that really throws a ringer in the Three Stages of Truth. I suspect the three stages are still the same today but stages One and Two have a life all of their own.
I quoted this observation on page one of my book Autism, Pre Rain Man Autism and have seen all three stages working for and against me. I have seen the foul side of humanity with stages one and two too many times. Hate mail, nasty politically driven stunts and just plain ignorance that scream a bit too loud all assure me I'm alive and have at least struck a nerve or two.
I have also experienced stage Three a few times as well and it restores my faith in people. Weather it is an aspie that instantly realizes the next step in their journey, a conversation between Picture Thinkers (totally different than you would expect) or a phone call bumbling with excitement from an Aspie friend that just did a social function and passed muster for the firsttime to an Autism professional that indeed realizes we have done something big, stage Three is payment for One and Two. I even get apologies from many people sent me hate mail and vulgar photos over the net and even tried to resend child porn in my name.
Not many of our supporters are in a position to come out and support us publicly as their job and reputation are on the line. The parents that love us and know their kids relate to us are in awe. Politically, we (our anthropology) might never overcome stages one and two as too many odds are against us for one thing we are spread pretty thin all over the world and we just can't walk in to an Autism Convention. If we could 2-3-400 Temple Grandins (many more worldwide) could make a statement just being there. The ASA and others know that, as well as, we do and that is their trump card it seems.