We make choices based on our understanding of concepts. My Concepts posts deal with abstract and complex concepts and with the axioms, tenets, paradigms, principles and values enmeshed with, derived from and inherent to them.
“Are you expecting us to report Neo’s parents to the police? Then he goes to foster care and therapy stops, you want that? And the other parents stop sending us their kids, because they’re all spooked now? And you know how important this therapy is to children like Neo. Why are you against the kids?”
This is the kind of reductionist assumption-riddled conversation-stopper that comes up from people who don’t want to talk about the elephant in the room because they can only envisage one way of dealing with it, and that scares them witless.
We’re all scared. We just handle it differently. You gaslight me; I block you and talk to other people instead.
PS: The children are scared too. We’re all at least remembering that part, right?
“They brought this upon themselves. They don’t deserve to get care.” I used to think like this.
A core feature of being autistic is enquiry, i.e. searching for understanding; asking why. ABA is designed to wipe out the why.