The role of death in life, 3 / by JW Harrington

“Once children understand that they, as well as their mothers and fathers, are perpetually vulnerable and ultimately finite, they shift from their parents to their culture as their primary source of psychological equanimity.  Deities and social authorities and institutions now appear to be more stable and enduring than our all-too-mortal and therefore all-too-vulnerable parents, grandparents, and pets.”

-- Sheldon Solomon et al. (2015).  The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life, p. 28