One of the perennial temptations of the autistic male is the following pessimistic reasoning:
Flippant and juvenile ‘jokes’ that risk entanglement with class and gender and other…
For all art and criticism, a little dash of narcissism is necessary.
But here, there lies a terrible temptation.
Art and criticism are driven between the gap between me and The Outside.
We justify or delegitimise our existence by comparing ourselves to others. But how often do we take the trouble to compare ourselves to ourselves instead? If we do this, we shall never want for consolation.
I recently caused a lot of distress to someone I truly respect and admire, when I said those ominous, encircling words:
Hopefully not for much longer.
The common conflicts between Christians and atheists partly come from a mutual deficit of critical empathy.
There are always reasons.
People are afraid of Christianity, because they think Christians demean ‘the world.’ Let us not forget that Christianity, like other faith traditions, has its own rhetoric or poetry. Critical empathy is needed here.
The great faiths of the world sometimes contradict the Gospel.
But like the good thief and the bad thief on either side of the Saviour, they also point the way.