If you go to a church and stay there over time, you see babies baptized, and children confirmed, the middle-aged becoming the elders, becoming the much lamented. It actually configures your sense of things around the defined arc of human life I have lived in a college town, which can create the impression that everyone is 22, but in my little village I have a very different sense of people, which I value very much.
. . . Only religion fully realizes the arc of human life.