Posted by Peter W. Schramm
The McCain-Obama race aside, we tend to think that the older are wiser, even if this understanding of wisdom is a bit more prosaic then, say, that of Aristotle or Hegel.
But what does this imply about a disorder (such as Autism) that opens people up to too many distractions? Autistic people can be so sensitive to distraction that they cannot focus or process. Perhaps their brains are more similar to the brains of older folks but their problem is that they lack the experience (and ability) to gradually develop processing? In other words, they are too sensitive too soon? This reminds me of what Churchill said about the sometimes danger of reading great books before one is old enough to appreciate all that is in them.
Hegel says: "Philosophy
in any case always come on the scene too late to give it. As the thought of the world, it
appears only when actuality is already there cut and dried after its process of formation has
been completed. The teaching of the concept, which is also history's inescapable lesson, is
that it is only when actuality is mature that the ideal first appears over against the real and
that the ideal apprehends this same real world in its substance and builds it up for itself
into the shape of an intellectual realm. When philosophy paints its gray in gray, then has
a shape of life grown old."
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