Wisdom of Daniel – age 5

I think there should be women bishops. And if they do vote for it to happen, then the people who lost shouldn’t have anything special, just a “well done for trying”.

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I don’t want to be Archbishop of Canterbury, because I wouldn’t be able to do what I want to do.

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I have been thinking about abstract nouns. I’ve got a good one: Knowledge.

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It’s important that we call God ‘Our Father’ not ‘My Father’ because we are all God’s children together.

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I love you so much that I think I might cry. It’s because I’m so full of love that some of it spills out. It looks like tears but it’s actually love.

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I find it hard to fall asleep because if I stop thinking I don’t feel right. Because thinking is just me, it’s what I do.

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Angels are awake all night so that they can stay up and pray for us while we are asleep.

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Heaven isn’t up in space, it’s everywhere, but differently real. It’s full of people and hugs and love, but mostly love.

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When I ask God things I wish he would just tell me the answer, but maybe he wants me to work some things out for myself.

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It’s all grey and rainy today, but these flowers look like sunshines to remind us that Jesus is really alive again, because Jesus’ light is like the sun. And then I looked up in the sky and it looked really beautiful suddenly and I thought “He’s alive, he’s alive!”

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We have hollow chocolate eggs at Easter because they’re like God’s coffin. When we eat them it lets God out to be alive again.

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If one person dies and then their best friend dies too, they can hug in heaven and be happy again.

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Why do we even have the word ‘nothing’? Because there’s never actually really nothing, is there?  There’s always something. I’ve been wondering that for a long time.

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When you talk to God you shouldn’t really do it all publicly, you should just talk to God in your brain, so only he can hear you.  We learnt that at school.

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Daniel: Can you use a black hole to travel to another galaxy?
Mummy: Probably not, but you’d be too squashed by all the gravity before you found out for certain.
Daniel: That would be bad.  But when there’s no gravity on a space ship you have to poo into a bag so your poo doesn’t float everywhere.
Mummy: Um, yeah. I think.

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Daniel: Why is Good Friday called ‘good’?
Mummy: Because when Jesus died on Good Friday, and that showed us how much God loves us, and love is good.
Daniel: Yes, because people do sometimes give their lives away so that the people they love most can carry on being alive. God gave his life away for us, and he gives us lots and lots of life all the time.

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My tummy hurts just a bit. Maybe I should generally wait a little bit longer between biscuits?

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When I look at the cross on my wall it helps me to focus on God.

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Daniel: What’s an electro-magnet?
Mummy: It’s a magnet that runs on electricity so you can switch it on and off.
Daniel: Oh, so they probably use it for space-boots. It would be useful in space.

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Did God actually save the queen?

later…
Maybe the Queen was standing at the edge of a big cliff, and she was about to fall off the cliff, and God could reach out his hand and hold her hand so she didn’t fall off the cliff. That would be saving the Queen.
But God doesn’t have a body, so he doesn’t have a hand, so that wouldn’t work. Maybe God would have to ask someone who did have a hand to go and hold the Queen’s hand.
But what if that person wasn’t listening?

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Mummy, my off switch is in my head, that’s why you can’t reach it.  I just switched Daddy to ‘demo’ but it’s bedtime so I’m switching you to ‘shout’.

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What makes the yoyo go up again?  Is it like light waves, or does the bounce come in packets like photons?

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Daniel: Mummy, can we keep this bit of my toenail, and stick it to some card?
Mummy: Why?
Daniel: I want to bury it in the garden (but not in the hole with the dead pigeon in it, we’ll have to dig a new hole) as a time capsule.
Mummy: Why do you want to put your toenail in a time capsule?
Daniel: Because it’s got me in it.  It’s for remembering me, and who I am.
Mummy: We could put other things in with it, too, like a picture you’ve drawn.
Daniel: But definitely the toenail.
The toenail is now taped to a piece of card and in the back pocket of my mummy’s diary. She hasn’t buried it yet.

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Daniel: Why is St Nicholas a saint?
Mummy: Um, because he did really good things and loved God, I suppose.
Daniel: But that means I’m a saint too.  Are we all saints?

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I think God is sort of outside time so that he can see the whole world and everything, he could even see it backwards if he wanted to.

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Daniel: What colour do I use for Mary?
Mummy: Mary usually wears blue.
Daniel: I bet she didn’t really wear blue. I bet they all wore brown.

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Mummy, don’t forget to tell everyone at the Christingle service that God made the world out of love.

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Daniel: I hate my medicine. It’s yuck.
Mummy: Yeah, I know, it’s the horriblest thing in the world.
Daniel:  No, the horriblest thing in the world is dying without having been loved.
Mummy: Um, who said that to you?
Daniel:  I worked it out myself.

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One thought on “Wisdom of Daniel – age 5

  1. Dear Daniel,

    I have just taken a tour of your website, and if it is an accurate reflection of an inquisitive mind, then I am quite impressed.

    Ok, let’s start with the wisdom of Daniel at age 5. I know something about bright kids; my daughter was born 3 months premature and she nearly died twice in the incubator. Miraculously she didn’t, and 21 years later she was awarded 1st class degree in law. My son is a professional musician.

    When I was 6 years old, I took part in the school nativity play, but it made little sense because I had no idea what it was supposed to be representing. My father was anti-religious, not only did he not believe in God, he refused to acknowledge any belief system.

    Thus, I never heard words like God, Jesus, Christian etc until I began university to study physics with maths, and it wasn’t until then that I discovered there were people who believed in this entity called God – the senior resident of the student house I lived in, and my girlfriend who attended a catholic college run by nuns.

    Thus, until I reached the age of 30, I was predominantly atheist who considered that any belief in God was the result of flawed human thinking that clung to answers and explanations, but which was devoid of any understanding of how or why people should choose to believe in the things that they do.

    As the years rolled on, I became more and more curious why different people can have such diametrically opposed views and opinions on the same thing, and the result of my research is

    http://richard0a37.wixsite.com/the-alien-angel

    that you might care to peruse.

    I began with the premise that I know nothing, and that everything I have ever been told has been a lie, the word ‘faith’ being the catchall that allows us to safely believe something without having the faintest idea what it really means.

    Now, it depends how old you are, but there are certain elements of Christianity, Judaism and Islam that expose these 3 major religions as fundamentally flawed. I can tell you what they are, but you need to be an adult in order to grasp their significance

    You would therefore be wise to set aside your religious beliefs until you are ready to embrace what are far more mystifying and glorious explanations of why we exist at all.

    I have written a book called ‘Project for a new human race’ which in my view lays out a theory of existence that is profound and incredible, but possible.

    Richard

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