Science and the Child
Why do leaves turn red? Where does the sun go at night? What made Whiskers die? Will Mommy die sometime, and, Daddy, will you die, too?
Children are notorious for posing naïve and perplexing questions. When one of our sons was four years old, he asked, "Why did God make poisonous snakes?" I do not recall our answer, but very much doubt whether it was helpful. And who among us can do justice to the most perplexing question of allthe one incarnated in every newborn child: "Who are you, and for what purpose have you entered our lives?"
The child's large and difficult questions arise, not from complex theoretical constructions, but from simplicity"childish simplicity" we are tempted to say, with a slightly patro