My daughter had some questions today about Easter. She's justifiably skeptical about what this egg-painting business is all about, in the context of what she's heard about Jesus. I told her that it's really a springtime fertility ritual, in which people reflect on the way of Nature: the man decorates the woman's egg with his seed, in the hope of creating new life; the farmer decorates the field with the seed that will become food for the coming winter. And so it goes with virtually all forms of life at this time of year. So we decorate eggs as a symbol of that dance of fertility and birth that happens in Nature's spring.
For more on Easter and its roots, see our prior post on the topic.
By the way, my kid's still skeptical—and who can blame her? So, for those of you who observe it, Happy Easter. And to everyone alive and conscious at this time in our human history: Question everything.