Jim Sinclair, an Autistic Person, on Temple Grandin
Bea, whom I think researches animal matters all day long (when not tending to the creatures she cares for), sent me a link to an essay called "If you love something, you don't kill it" by Jim Sinclair, who is an autistic person.
Two notes: Yes, he uses the words "thing" and "it" and you cannot kill a thing, which was never alive to begin with. And with regard to "autistic person" versus "person with autism," please read Sinclair's "Why I dislike 'person first' language," which includes:
Saying "person with autism" suggests that the autism can be separated from the person. But this is not the case. I can be separated from things that are not part of me, and I am still be the same person . . . . Saying "person with autism" suggests that even if autism is part of the person, it isn't a very important part. . . . Saying "person with autism" suggests that autism is something bad–so bad that is isn't even consistent with being a person. Nobody objects to using adjectives to refer to characteristics of a person that are considered positive or neutral. We talk about left-handed people, not "people with left-handedness," and about athletic or musical people, not about "people with athleticism" or "people with musicality."
Back to "If you love something . . ."
It doesn’t matter if they’re not afraid of death before they know what’s going to happen to them. In the moment when the killing happens, they know, and they want to stay alive . . . . Dying as a natural process is not the same as killing a healthy living creature . . . . If you understand life, you know that it wants to continue. If you feel life throbbing under your touch, you know it’s desecration to set your hand to stop that living pulse . . . . The hangman’s knot, the guillotine, the electric chair, the gas chamber, and the lethal injection were all designed to make deliberately inflicted death less painful to the victim. But I’ve never heard the inventors or the users of these technologies hailed as great humanitarians. I’ve never heard them praised for their great empathy toward the lives they’ve ended. [emphasis mine]
Have a great day. I have a list of OED words from you and I'll get to a couple tomorrow.