Well I've got to get out, but there's nowhere to go
Folks say they understand me, but what they don't know
Is there's no exits, just entries, obstructing the flow
And it's all gonna blow
HEY - how'd YOU get in?
Well, welcome to my world.
When I close my eyes, I see a crystal ball
In the crystal ball, I see images
In the images, I see people
In these people, I see hatred
In these people, I see anger
In these people, I see fear
Around these people, I see bursts of light
In these bursts of light, I see fire
In this fire, I see families
In these families, I see frightened people
I see these people in my crystal ball
Around my crystal ball, I see darkness.
I open my eyes, I don't see my crystal ball
Take a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Imagine there are 10 paragraphs, each one of equal value of information to solve the mystery. Nero-typical people have the entire story. They can read it all. They may not understand a word or two, but they have the rest of the context to help them figure it out. People with Aspergers only get maybe 2 or 3 of these paragraphs, and aren’t able to figure out the words they don’t know. They have to solve the mystery. Sure, they may be able to figure it out, with a few good guesses, and a lot of hard thinking. However, it’s hard to expect that they would be able to solve the mystery. In fact, they may even get a quick and I mean quick glimpse of the whole story, but not enough for them to remember it all. They are lucky to learn one or two extra clues. When they come across a word they don’t know, they lose the idea that word brings to the sentence. Once in a while, they get a chance to look up the word they don’t know, and learn something new, but they will probably forget it for a while, until they have read it so many times it comes naturally. They may even have to look it up again.
Imagine living life like this every day, maybe even multiple times a day. And the people with the whole story have no idea that you missed out on a lot of information, and think you are so stupid to not be able to solve it. They see you as someone who takes the idea of being able to read for granted, and is lazy and doesn’t want to work to try to figure out the mystery, when in reality, you can’t work any harder than you already are. It comes very easily to them, and they take that for granted.