You know my son, he likes to ask questions and more questions I can’t answer. Well, this time, on the way home from synagogue, he asked me how many men and women there were in the world. I told him that the world’s population was pretty evenly divided which I have now ascertained to be a valid statement. The CIA World Factbook tells us there are 1.01 males in the world for every female. In the US, by the way, that ratio is 0.97 male/female, in Canada it is 0.98, in Israel it is 0.99 and in France it is 0.95.
So my son asked, “Daddy, how does that happen? How does the world know how many men and women should be born? Doesn’t Joseph (a friend) have 3 boys? Does that mean someone else has to have 3 girls?”
Now, he didn’t make the connection to the issue of God in that conversation. That happened in a later conversation that I overheard at a break-the-fast gathering tonight at a friend’s house. My son was speaking to our friend’s little boy who asked where God is. My son answered that God is in nature. “What is nature” asked the little boy. “Anything that isn’t man-made” answered my son without missing a beat. I interrupted and asked him whether God was in trees or in people. He didn’t know but he thought God was the air around people and trees, but might also be in parts of nature like trees or rocks. Then he added that if God was in people, that would explain how the world knows exactly how many boys and girls need to be born to be equal in number.
The food tasted quite good, by the way.