Privately I consider religion to be a load of bollix, but when you have a sobbing five-year-old wanting to know what happened to her hamster, you develop an instant belief in anything that dissolves some of the heartbreak off her face.
It’s hard at times, but it makes a kid strong in ways that most people can’t understand. Teaches them that even though people are left behind, new ones will inevitably take their place; that every place has something good—and bad—to offer. It makes a kid grow up fast.
If there was a God, would he do this to a child who had never harmed anyone? What kind of God lets innocent children die?
How strange it is that when I was a child I tried to be like a grown-up, yet as soon as I ceased to be a child I often longed to be like one.[Странно, отчего, когда я был ребенком, я старался быть похожим на большого, а с тех пор, как перестал быть им, часто желал быть похожим на него.]
A susceptible child is capable of great hero worship, and a young mind can easily be obsessed by an idea which persists into adult life.