Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Colby Defines Mythology

Meet Colby, my youngest son.  Fortunately for him he got my wife's looks and total lack of nerdiness.  He is not into mythology at all, very much unlike his older brother who had already drawn a picture of Scylla and Charybdis by the time he turned four.

The other day Colby just popped up out of nowhere and said, "I know why the sun is in the day and the moon is in the night."


"Because they fight all the time and just stay away from each other."  At this, he went on playing with his baseball and glove.

When I heard this I thought that this is probably much like how mythology got started way back when.  Somebody made up an answer that seemed logical to them and it just snowballed from there.  When you think about it, it makes much more sense to believe the sun and moon fight and so they have to stay away from each other than to say that the sun is this big ball of gas that is constantly exploding and the moon is this rock that hangs in the sky.

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