Autism + Algebra

Autism is like algebra – Math is hard + so is Autism.

A math teacher I once had told me that it’s not about how much you know, it’s about how you act when you don’t know.

When I was a student learning algebra I often wondered why I would need to learn it. How would I ever use this in my life? But I see now that it taught me perseverance, envisioning solutions, planning ahead, interpreting information, to learn from mistakes, discover patterns, and think critically.

It also taught me that every problem has a solution, and if there is no solution it’s not a problem to be solved, but a truth to be accepted.

Autism is also a lot like algebra, when rightly viewed not only possesses truth, but supreme beauty.

“Poetry has become the higher algebra of metaphors” – José Ortega y Gasset

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