I have just listened to a very informative ABC program on mental illness. http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2012/11/aim_20121104.mp3
We should be aware that while some of us are 'different' in the way we function that is not an excuse
to treat so differently that we exacerbate that difference in our minds and theirs. People are different and
some of us are more eccentric in behaviour and speech than the mainstream. That makes them
unique individuals, nothing more, nothing less.
Differences can and should be valued. I am sure Van Gogh was different as was Einstein, Beethoven,
Mozart, Picasso and others. Too often the creative and the interesting people have suffered because they
do not fit the mainstream moulds. We need to look, understand and be inclusive of all sorts of people
so long as they do no harm to others and can contribute to the betterment of society even in small different ways.