Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thoughts on metaphor

As a teenager I heard an interview with Pierre Berton where he said, "unless we understand the metaphor..." (wish I could remember the whole sentence/quote). I thought this was key to understanding what people were doing, saying.

In the autism debate I notice many (or some) autistics use metaphor (including me), or try using it. That's how I learned that metaphor can also generate confusion and lack of clarity. One possible example is here.

Maybe it's ironic that while attempting to understand and navigate non-autistic society we choose devices that work against us, especially against establishing clarity in the current debate (where our human rights are at stake).