I grew up with jackrabbits and Snowshoe Hares in my backyard. Literally. I have always loved the stories about jackalopes as well. Those are jackrabbits with a set of antlers on their head. If I bugged my dad too much, he would send me out to the back yard to find one and bring it back in for dinner. Can you see a small 4 year old doing that? No? Me either. I did that twice until I caught on, that it was real, like Santa Claus.
The reason I bring this up is a friend and I were talking about belief and the stepping stones they build upon. Why should children believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny, the tooth fairy, etc… It is a process in teaching faith. I am amazed that having my beliefs tainted at such an early age, I do believe in God. Many who lose that belief, don’t. How do I know that? I asked several of my friends the age in which they stopped believing. I also asked many strangers throughout the years. Over 80% fell into the category of atheism or agnostic if they had interrupted belief as a youngster. A real study with a wider pool may show a difference in that percentage, but I’m betting a nickle it would be very close to my findings. :o)
Created in Photoshop CC from some photos I had taken several years ago. All is digitally reproduced with by drawing and watercolor.
deviant art: bpclarke
Art Universe Dec 2013
Amazing Wildlife Mammals Dec 2013