Being small and powerless

The one emotion that is shared by all children is the feeling of powerlessness in the face of adult supremacy.

Looking at life through a child's eyes gives you a very different perspective from that of a grown-up. Adults can come and go as they please, buy what they like, eat what they like, do and say what they like and more importantly, they are big and powerful.

A child, on the other hand, is small and powerless, subject to the whims and wishes of pretty well anyone bigger than themselves. It is surely no coincidence that, as we saw in the previous chapter, the concept of being powerless is a recurring theme in horror stories.

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