I'm still not sure what caused it. I've been told it is possible for a low-level earthquake, while not strong enough for a person to feel, to shatter glass because of the frequencies. Perhaps that's what happened—I'll probably never know.
Cause and effect can be tricky things. Here's something more to ponder about unanticipated events: A little more than a decade ago, a small group of psychiatrists, after observing that certain types of behaviors appeared to have similar neurological origins, wrote the broad concept of the autism spectrum into the DSM-IV, thereby redefining millions of people as "disordered" who would have been considered normal and healthy under the former standards.
I'll give these psychiatrists the benefit of the doubt and acknowledge that they probably never foresaw that their decision would have such devastating consequences for so many people. Most likely, they expected the newly created Asperger's diagnosis and the other autism spectrum categories to have social effects similar to those of the ADD/ADHD diagnostic categories, which made accommodations more readily available with minimal stigma. No doubt they also wanted to create a profitable new market for the pharmaceutical companies that were backing their research (these guys aren't altruists, you know; there are some seriously incestuous relationships between Big Pharma and the psychiatrists who define what a "disorder" is).
But as corrupt as they are, most of 'em aren't genocidal. They had no reason to anticipate that their vaguely defined concept of an autism spectrum would result in the social construction of a minority race of some 60 to 70 million people worldwide—people who have become victims of the most outrageous prejudice and discrimination, whose existence is routinely described as an intolerable burden to society and an epidemic, and who have been targeted by the American government and others for eugenic extermination.
They never expected to shatter millions of lives.
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