“A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” – G.K.Chesterton
I love this quote from Chesterton. If you graphed human energy, it would slope upward over a person’s first 25 years and then slope downward until death. It’s a depressing picture. Chesterton turns this on its head, I think, with the idea that in eternity, not only are we not in the getting-more-tired physically mode, our minds, also, are not weary. With greater perception, we will recognize similarities, but will also be keenly aware of how everything is unique. – E.O.