The Sad Tale of Greta the Pawn

Posted on December 17, 2019 by Robert Ringer


As everyone expected, Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old Swedish teenager, was chosen as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.  Greta is a young lady who has taken a considerable amount of abuse from climate-change skeptics, which is very sad given that she purportedly suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a challenging disorder usually caused by an injury to the brain during pregnancy or birth.

Technically speaking, Asperger’s Syndrome falls under the ASD (autism spectrum disorders) umbrella, which includes a wide-ranging number of subsets, such as autism, high-functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, non-verbal learning disability (NVLD), and many iterations in between. 

I have a pretty good layman’s understanding of autism spectrum disorders, and I can say unequivocally that these conditions almost always make life extremely difficult — often unbearably so — for both victims and their families.    

The one characteristic common to all ASD disorders is a lack of social skills.  In the musical West Side Story, there’s a song titled “Gee, Officer Krupke” with a verse that goes like this:

Gee, Officer Krupke,
We’re down on our knees,
‘Cause no one wants a fella with
A social disease.

You can’t help but smile when you listen to the words to this humorous ditty, but whenever I hear the above verse, I think of children with autism spectrum disorders, because ASD really is like having a “social disease.”  It’s a very difficult problem for an afflicted child, because it subjects him to teasing and bullying by both classmates and teachers, which in turn makes caring for a child on the ASD spectrum a frustrating, fulltime job for parents. 

Knowing the pain ASD children endure and the difficulty they have interacting with others, watching Greta Thunberg’s angry speech at the United Nations was all too familiar to me.  At a minimum, her anger seemed completely out of proportion to the occasion (“How dare you?”), and her words demonstrated an extremely depressing outlook on life. 

It is certainly understandable why children afflicted with a condition on the autism spectrum are angry, given the amount of rejection and frustration they experience, and in that regard I feel a great deal of compassion for Greta.  Nevertheless, it’s obvious that her anger and depressing outlook have been made much worse by negative thoughts put into her mind by the influential adults in her life. 

These adults have clearly saturated her with the notion that the world is doomed as a result of “climate change,” and that climate change, in turn, is caused, first and foremost, by fossil fuels.  Since the minds of ASD victims function in a very primitive, concrete manner, feeding them such negative thoughts only worsens their anger issues.

Obviously, it was ridiculous for Time to name Greta Thunberg its Person of the Year, but I doubt many people take this award any more seriously than they do the Nobel Peace Prize.  Regardless, it’s not Greta’s fault that Time chose her for its annual award.  It is the fault of her parents, teachers, the media, left-wing politicians, and liberal activists who have stoked her anger and her macabre view of life. 

Unfortunately, President Trump chose to chime in on Greta Thunberg’s newfound fame, which has brought an angry backlash from many quarters.  Like so many of his questionable tweets, there’s no doubt he would have been better off to have avoided commenting about Greta, but I think it’s a stretch to believe he was attacking her disability, because I doubt he even knows much about Asperger’s Syndrome. 

Regardless, those who are upset about Trump’s comments regarding Greta Thunberg fail to take into account that she is not speaking as a disabled child, but as a political activist, which casts her in a whole different light.  Of course, the reason she’s a political activist is because not only are her parents and teachers pushing her in that direction, she is also being used as a pawn by the leftwing media and Radical Leftists. 

It’s similar to the radical Islamic strategy of using women and children as human shields when attacking their enemies.  It’s a cowardly, age-old tactic employed by radicals of all stripes and, unfortunately, a significant percentage of the population can always be counted on to fall for it. 

It’s very painful for a parent to come to grips with the reality that their child’s condition can never be cured or made less painful by medication or a medical procedure.  However, with nurturing, teaching, patience, and a positive, low-stress environment, children afflicted with ASD disorders have a much better chance of adapting to the rigors of life and achieving a reasonable degree of happiness. 

Unfortunately, that is not likely to happen in Greta Thunberg’s case, because she appears to be trapped in a depressing, low-information environment.  It’s hard enough to try to educate low-information liberals who do not have disabilities, so the prospects for replacing the poison in young Greta’s mind with actual facts and a positive outlook on life are slim.

It’s a sad irony that because her thoughts are being guided by the Radical Left adults in her life, it is highly unlikely that this anguished teenager will ever be in a position to learn the facts about the climate-change hoax, the very subject she is so angry about.  What the adults in Greta Thunberg’s life have done to her is nothing less than emotional child abuse, and the thought that she is unlikely to be exposed to information that could help her become a less stressed, happier person is a human tragedy.

Robert Ringer

Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

11 responses to “The Sad Tale of Greta the Pawn”

  1. JF1017 says:

    One of the characteristics of people with autism or Asperger's is that they become monomanic – they exhibit an overweening obsession with a topic. One of my Asperger's afflicted co-workers created a website dedicated to abandoned shopping malls, for instance. Greta's handlers saw her as putty in their hands – her condition is a feature, not a bug, to them. It makes her all the more gullible and driven. And in two or three years when she's past her expiration date and the left has moved on to another spokeskid for one of their tangents, you'll see Greta melt down in a big way. This is child abuse – and everyday evil, as M Scott Peck described – in it's rawest form.

  2. noah300g says:

    "What the adults in Greta Thunberg’s life have done to her is nothing less than emotional child abuse"

    The Left often resorts to using the disabled or other characters who are supposedly 'socially off limits' for disagreement. It's a cheap tactic and they need to be called out for it. (See Michael J. Fox as well- can't argue with his liberal positions because he has a disease).

    I say, good for Trump for once again not falling for this garbage tactic. He was not 'mean' to her. He suggested she go have some fun, see a movie with a friend, and 'calm down'.
    The disgusting, exploitative miscreants taking advantage of a disabled child to further their agenda are the ones to be admonished much more harshly. To coin a phrase, 'How dare they'.

    • larajf says:

      I agree. It's wrong to say some people are off limits yet others are not. Don't go after Biden's adult children but it's OK to go after Trump's. And I don't think President Trump was harsh or picking on Greta. It would have been better had he ignored her, yes.

  3. JurassicRick says:

    I like the comment the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro made in calling Greta a "brat", and calling out the media for giving her all this unnecessary attention. And a brat she is! Well said, President Bolsonaro. Greta Thunberg migrated to the U.S. earlier this year from Plymouth, England using a racing boat to avoid leaving a carbon print. Lately, she has been crowing about "overcrowded trains" and their effect on climate "change", and even though she had a first class seat, she laid on the floor during the ride. She's also whining about the plight of "indigenous peoples" of the Amazon who unsuccessfully tried to prevent that region from deforestration. Kindly said, she needs therapy and guidance to direct her away from all this nonsensical bulls**t, like climate "change" and start to begin living and thinking like a normal functioning teenager, in spite of any psychological disabilities. Her thinking is just not normal for a person in her age bracket.

  4. thebacksaver says:

    The analogy to human shields is apt. But allow me to present another equally horrific analogy: You're a soldier in a combat situation. From a distance, you see a child running towards a group of your fellow soldiers. The child has an explosive device and the she will detonate the device when she nears the group. You have a loaded rifle and you are withing striking distance of the child. No time to warn the group of soldiers. You have just seconds to react. What do you do? Anyone here have the nerve to answer? …that's what I thought.
    Trump feels as though he is under attack, incessantly. We all know what DJT does when he is attacked: He hits back.
    Yes, there are times when the best response is no response, but "the Greta situation" is a scenario that has been engineered by the opposition. If it had not been Greta, it would have been someone else, equally 'untouchable' (Gold Star Mom, physically handicapped, etc, etc, etc) used by his opposition to attack him. To say that DJT should have done nothing and that his comment to "chill out and go see a movie with friends" would have been better left unsaid, is, in my opinion, a step in the direction of the insincere "virtue signaling" that has become so sickeningly common. In the wake of constant personal, vile, filthy attacks against him, his children, his wife, etc, let me offer this suggestion: Walk a mile in his shoes.

  5. Ivan says:

    The tactics get dirtier and more desperate. How low will they go? Whatever tactic they use, the fear of global cooling from the 1970’s never happened, the population bomb of the 1960s, Al gore saying that all the ice will melt within 10 years, what happened to that? They aim to hit on one's emotions through fear, guilt, berating, sympathy, name-calling, Greta scenarios, just to name a few. Why worry over any of it? My main concern would be a nuclear holocaust, which keeps Trump occupied in preventing.

  6. wontyoupleasegonow says:

    Persons on the spectrum can sometimes surprise you with a sudden ideological change. Neurotypicals get further locked into an ideology by the tribal acceptance they find by adhering to it. Some persons on the spectrum can also be tempted by that but some also have a greater capacity to break free from it, while others might have not even registered that as a benefit. They often insist on only saying things they actually believe and that's going to expose the rotton side of echo chambers very quickly.

  7. kentclizbe says:

    A couple of points:

    1. It appears that having personality and mental traits that are perceived as "on the Spectrum" can be as much a positive as a negative. Yes, it's likely that these people will be subjected to social friction (who isn't?). But just as likely, those on the Spectrum have enhanced abilities–to concentrate, to dive deeply into subjects of interest to them, to exercise logic and higher order thinking. It's likely that many of our greatest contributions, throughout history, came from people who we'd now label as "on the Spectrum." So, don't paint with such a broad and negative brush.

    2. "It’s similar to the radical Islamic strategy of using women and children as human shields when attacking their enemies." What? Can you provide one example of this? Where were the women and children shields during the attacks on 9/11? It appears that you're confusing yourself by mixing up groups. Please do share details of what you're alluding to here. Thanks.

  8. patg2 says:

    You should consider the possibility that the problem Greta has is that she received a hefty dose of mercury, aluminum, and formaldehyde in her childhood vaccinations. The Powers That Be refuse to look at this problem, while they push "global warming". It is readily observable that the Powers That Be will push fake crises to avoid facing the real ones, while they make a killing (literally) off the CAUSES of the real crises.

    I know what it is like to be bullied by everyone in sight while you are growing up. It didn't do my personality any favors. But I am perfectly capable of figuring out what's a hoax, and I don't think Greta's problem should be used as an excuse. I agree. She needs to get a life.

  9. Mr Domain says:

    While personalizing a movement, especially with the innocent faces of minors, as the 'coolest' way of promoting, Greta's rise as a pioneer in environmental protection may have a negative effect. pole.

  10. OmarTentmaker says:

    Well put. Sadly evil people always existed in the world. Liberals are the devil’s spawn. Sometimes they gain control and destroy nations and murder millions. Stalin and Hitler being prime examples. They have no morals or conscience. America has more than their share. Clintons, Sanders, PeeLousy, Schumer, Nadler now terrorizing America. Only one way to stop them? TERM LIMITS is the only way to remove them from their entrenched offices and send them home or jail.