Social mores aren’t unavailable to your garden variety high-functioning autist, it just takes us a bit for us to come up with rules and a flowchart for acting on them. As a result we’re generally running behind the crowd as attitudes shift.
What happens when society shifts somewhere where we don’t want to go? Herein lies The Sperg’s Dilemma. One may:
- Learn the new set of rules just as one learned the last. Go ahead and say that you are an anti-racist and against those mean people saying those no-no ideas in public. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that no one bothers to check if you’re anything other than image.
- Put one’s foot down and stand alone. Actually changing other people’s minds is much more a matter of emotional appeals from respectable people with high mimetic potential, there will be no Reactionary Sperg Vanguard.
Increasingly I find myself choosing 2. I have carefully cultivated my own views and I’m unwilling to hide that fact for social gain.