Apathy Jack writes:
There’s this kid who I’ve known for years as a staunch Muslim. There were no headscarves or any of the other anachronistic trappings – she lived in a western country in the twenty-first century, and was very much the model of young modern Islam. But still, it was nice to know that there was one kid out there who was acting in an even remotely moral way when she wasn’t being watched by her teachers or her parents.
So, chatting religion, and she tells me that she has, for all intents and purposes, lost hers. She lost it when I taught her about Roman religion last year. She saw that mankind had, through religion, been attempting to place order and meaning onto the universe since ancient times, and got to wondering if the system she had been raised to follow made any more sense in that arena than believing in gods of wine and of blacksmiths. She realised that it didn’t.
It’s good that I find this out now – it gives me time to pack the extra sunblock I’ll need for when I toboggan straight down into hell...