The wonderful mind of a child
I have a niece and nephew. Both were raised together in the same house and went to the same schools. No religion was forced on either,
but was introduced as an option. Both are very smart kids. One day they were just messing around aggravating each other in the house.
They were getting on my nerves, so I told them to settle down and do something constructive. They asked "Like what?". I said jokingly "I don't know,
find the answers to the universe or something." My nephew says" what do you wanna know?". I replied "I don't know, how did it start, why is it
expanding, and does it end?" I just wanted to read my fishing magazine in peace, but ended up setting it down to listen to their discussion. As bad
as I wanted to put my 2 cents in, I decided to keep my mouth shut and let them do all their thinking on their own. So anyway, the best thing they had to
represent matter and expansion was a simple balloon. This is basically how the conversation went.
him: the deflated, scrunched up balloon is everything in the beginning and we will blow it up
her: but who is there to blow it up?
him: nobody stupid, it just exploded
her: ok whatever, just blow it up
him: ok it's blown up, but it's not just air in the middle, the matter is still mixing up in there
her: why does it have an outer edge?
him: it doesn't, if we keep blowing it up the outer edge just keeps breaking down smaller and smaller out into nothing
her: there can't just be nothing
him: ok let's pop it
her: see the balloon is back like it started and nothing is left outside of it
him: that was a "Big Bang" tho
her: yeah, but you had to play God and blow it up
him: who said I was God?
I simply wanted to provoke thought and I let them take what they could from a simple scientific discussion, but I can't help
to wonder if I should have took part in it. At the time I had just left christianity and wasn't 100% set on atheism yet. She just
graduated with honors from ISU and has decided to become a missionary. He just started at ICC and is leaving his carreer
options open for now. Would you have just sat back like I did or would you have intervened, and if so, what would you have said.
Remember at the time she was around 13 and he was 9, so leave out the quantum mechanics. And your input could very well have
an impact on the rest of their lives.
"...but truth is a point of view, and so it is changeable. And to rule by fettering the mind through fear of punishment in another world is just as base as to use force." -Hypatia