9th Strip! Lon’s wit often helps me calm down when I’m angry. 🙂
Tonight my Sister presented me with a particular challenge: How can I convince a very strong-willed, intelligent 5-year-old boy that his firm-but-limited ideas of God and Heaven aren’t the whole picture? He was very upset at the prospect of going to Heaven someday without his family being there to meet him because “you have to believe in God to go to Heaven”.
To make matters more complicated, we needed to present a relatively simple, united front on the subject (he’s too young to grok “metaphor”), without requiring any of us to lie about our own beliefs, or assert anything as singularly true that can’t be empirically proven. I settled on a combination of general Pantheism and Ancestor Reverence, neither of which require his Scientific Rationalist Daddy to believe anything supernatural, or even spiritual.
It’s almost impossible to subtract from a young child’s beliefs, but redirecting them is sometimes an option. So now my nephew has a list of his great-grandparents who have passed on to become his Ancestors, written in his own crayon handwriting. It’s been posted on the wall of his bedroom with the assurance that everybody ends up an Ancestor when they die, no matter what they believe while they’re alive, or what road (be it “Heaven” or some other afterlife) they may take to get there.
He managed to surprise me, though. When I asserted that “God” wasn’t just up in the sky but rather is everywhere, he agreed, and corrected himself that it’s Zeus who is up in the sky. And He makes the lightning! And His brother makes the water! … Right?
*Blink* Where the heck did he learn about the Olympians!?
P.S. I don’t actually do much with poppets or “Voodoo dolls”. It’s just easier to draw and fit into the comic than what I actually had in mind…