Perhaps we should all be autistic
No, today I had to explain the concept of malice to my sweet 6 year old child. He didn't get it:-( "why would anyone deliberately get me into trouble?" he asked as I explained the behaviour of the grinning three year old in front of us (who had sucessfully got Mstr A told off for the previous four occasions I had collected him).
What do you say in answer to that? "some pople are nasty"? "some people like to hurt others"? "some people need to feel they are superior"? I don't want him to view the world like that. His absolute belief that everybody he meets is interested in him & his welfare is one of the best things about his (possible) Asbergers. The alternative is likely to be the absolute belief that everyone he meets is out to hurt him, and that does not lead to a happy or productive life.
I obviously failed to explain it sufficiently, because he just doen't get it. But it is something I am going to have to tackle, otherwise he will be unmercifully taunted at school & as he still hasn't quite got his anger management sorted out, will quickly get into shed loads of trouble:-(