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Flying the Freak Flag of Ignorance

Updated on September 29, 2019
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ShyeAnne lives on beautiful Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She strives to age in a healthy way


Cut and Pasted From an Article I Read

But who’s the real freak – the activist whose determination has single-handedly started a powerful global movement for change, or the middle-aged man taunting a child with Asperger syndrome from behind the safety of their computer screens?

Local March For Climate Change


Kudos To The Kids On This Planet

Much deserved Kudos for the children on our planet. The initiative that is being shown by youth is over the top amazing. They are not just a little localized group of radicals. Their roar is starting to be heard around the world. They are likely motivated by fear. Nothing is as it seems anymore. The weather is unpredictable, the Arctic is melting, the Amazon is burning. Hiroshima is puking radiation into the ocean...

Instead of buckling under the fear of a dying planet they are standing up and making their voices heard.

We do not need to agree with their concerns, we do not need to applaud their passion. We DO need to treat them and their concerns with respect. That is the very least we can do. They are our children and we are the ones that gave them their voices. We taught them to stand up for what they believe in. Now many adults just want our kids to shut up. Talk about mixed messages..

Montreal March

Stunning visual of motivated youth
Stunning visual of motivated youth | Source

Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.

Greta Thunberg

I am personally amazed by Greta Thunberg. Greta has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism, though I don't know that is relevant except for the fact that it makes her actions that much more amazing. She is a 16 year old young woman that displays a huge awareness of the planet, stripped bare of all propaganda. She is not star struck in the slightest with politicians and celebrity. Greta isn't looking for the spot light for herself or relying on familiar faces to further her cause. She is looking for real change, true support, actions not words.

Regardless of whomever may be backing her, counselling her, directing or guiding her if you believe that to be true, she is the face of change. It is my opinion there is no option to turn our backs on this burgeoning protest. I believe what Greta says, this is just the beginning.

Adults Picking on Kids

The immense number of full grown adults that appear to be mocking and belittling Greta's cause on social media is very disheartening to me.

It is a sad commentary on the ignorance and dismissal of the young activists efforts to bring the plight of the planet into the limelight. It boggles my mind the ignorance of some people. I read one post where someone called Greta an Autistic little cunt. That is really harsh unless you live in the UK. Apparently the word is a little more socially acceptable there.

I wonder if that ignorant person has daughters? How he would feel, react, if someone spoke to his child with such malicious intent.

Having said that, I personally think Greta is more of the 'sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me,' kind of girl. She has true grit.

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones

I think Greta is more of the 'sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me,' kind of girl. She has true grit.

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It will be interesting to see politicians scrambling to get ahead of this movement in the coming months. These 'child protesters' are the next voting wave coming at them.

I look forward to these amazing young planet activists reaching legal age. They can then elect peers that will truly represent them and their concerns for Earth.

I think we are going to see some radical changes in how our planet is governed over the next 10 years. My hope is that the powers that be are going to get on board and realize they cannot bully and shame our youth into turning their backs on the planet. Another option is for the current powers that be is to start annihilating them. Take them out, tear gas them, beat them back with riot end to what people are capable of when their preconceived notions are tested beyond their ability to comprehend..

What a circus.

Make it a great day - if your conscience allows for it.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 ShyeAnne


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      22 months ago

      Hi Eric Dierker. Thank you for your comment. I am not sure I agree children are taught their world is in jeopardy. I think they form their own conclusions as they move toward adulthood, based on media information and their own research.. I love that your son percieves a better world regardless of the reality of our planet. That is a gift. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Eric Dierker 

      22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Quite interesting. I learned here. I disagree with much of it but I respect it. I feel so bad for children who are taught that their world will die before they reach old age.

      But I am from California. It seems like every month we pass a new law to help prevent damage to our environment. My 9 year old; "but dad it seems like it is getting better all the time". "Son you are so right, figure out what more or less we can do."

      Our environment should be everyone's concern not matter what.


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      22 months ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you John Hansen and Lora Hollings for your comments. It is heart-breaking to feel the fear rippling through young people due to an unknown future. They absolutely deserve our respect an support. It is heart-breaking to see grown adults demean children in any way, shape or form.

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      Lora Hollings 

      22 months ago

      In my opinion, these kids are great role models for their peers and for adults too! They have become a united voice for earth. And kudos to them for not being indifferent and not choosing ignorance about climate change and how it effects all species on earth including us! Greta and her many follower's message will finally get through to the politicians and to all people on our planet that we can no longer afford to put the needs of our earth (the only home that we will ever have) on hold! Excellent article. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 

      22 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi ShyeAnne. Great article. Whether you agree with these students strikes for climate change or not you have to respect and admire Greta and the scope of this protest. It certainly can’t be ignored, and you are right Politicians will need to address the concerns of future voters. The hatred on social media is shocking and I would hope Greta is protected from reading that by her parents.


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