Did Jesus Have Tourette’s?

“About 1% of school-age children and adolescents have Tourette’s. It was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with coprolalia (the utterance of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks), but this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette’s.”

Last night the wife and I watched a TV programme about a family in which both sons were diagnosed as having Tourette’s. We discussed how real the coprolalia might be and whether publicity of this actually can encourage it. The problems from it are largely due to the way people react. It can upset their sense of social order. If people were chilled there would be no problem. But some get easily offended. Hence the problem.

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Mark 11:15-19 King James Version (KJV)

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

 

Matthew 21:12-17 King James Version (KJV)

12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

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Now Jesus’ behaviour, as described here, is socially inappropriate and derogatory (perhaps). So, did Jesus have Tourette’s or was he making a much-needed social commentary? From watching the programme there were times when the boys were making what I saw as acute social commentary which people did not like.

Say for example, I walked into a room and shouted, “You are all a bunch of wankers!” That might be deemed socially inappropriate, but it would almost certainly be an accurate statement. What is the problem with accuracy?  If I picked a nice Surrey pub and went in and shouted; “fucking snobs, pompous arseholes and bloody hypocrites!” I might get taken away by the police, despite the acute accuracy of my outburst.

People love to put labels on things. You might be an Aspie, with Tourette’s and Borderline Personality Disorder, which is like winning the lottery.

Fuck knows.

Hmnn…