December 12, 2020

Is it really true that all brains are beautiful?

For the most part, I’ve been blessed with very accepting readers. However, this is one of a handful of ideas that occasionally gets pushback.

Not from parents or teachers, who mostly listen supportively, but from autistic individuals – ones who can’t see anything in themselves to celebrate.

I think it’s similar to the idea that all bodies are beautiful. Would every person on earth call your body beautiful? Probably not – it’s in the eye of the beholder.

But is there someone, somewhere, whose preferences align perfectly with your appearance? Or who might feel that way, if not for cultural conditioning and manipulative media?

Yes, and probably way more of them than you think.

When I say that your brain is beautiful, I mean the same thing: There are people out there who highly value your mind, or would if they met you – and I believe many others would too, if they took the time to understand you better.

P.S. I write from my personal experience as an autistic. What I share is not a substitute for advice from an autistic medical professional. Also, some of my opinions have changed since I first wrote them.