******************** NOT A TEACHER ********************
As I start typing, no one else has yet replied, so may I start?
(1) I believe that the key to understanding that sentence is
defining three words:
(a) karma. This is something like fate or destiny. Some people think that
when we die, we get another life. If we were good in this life, then
maybe our next life will be better. But if we were bad, then maybe
our next life will be worse. Hopefully, someone who really understands
karma will answer you.
(b) Hoover. This is the name of a famous American vaccuum cleaner.
(3) autism. I have to be super careful with this word because I
know nothing (no thing!!!) about it. My dictionary tells me it is a
condition in which a person has problems dealing with other people and
with language. I have read that autism is affecting more and more
children in the United States. Maybe someone who does understand
it will educate us.
This is my interpretation of that sentence. If I am wrong, I apologize.
Hopefully, someone else will give you a better answer.
My mother suggests that I speak with a psychiatrist about
my feelings. I have these feelings because my brother
(who has autism) is like a Hoover vacuum cleaner. Just as
a vacuum cleaner sucks up dirt on a carpet, my brother
sucks up all the time and energy in our family. (He takes
up so much time and energy from us.) Is this a case of
karma? That is: Is my brother being "punished" for being
bad in a previous life here on earth, or are my family
members (including me) being "punished" for being
bad in a previous life?
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