We discuss the meaning of life, free will, alternate universes, and alien lifeforms.
As a philosophy major back in college, I loved watching this amazing kid share his thoughts on life, free will, the universe, and much more. I don’t know why exactly, but listening to him made me feel really good about our future when we have kids like this coming along!
I read an interesting anecdote recently that reminded me of this. Basically, the gist was that if you ask a classroom full of kindergartners “Who here is an artist?” every single one of them will raise their hands. If you ask a class of third graders, most will. If you ask a middle school class, only a few will. By the end of high school, you’re likely to only get one or two who still think of themselves as artists.
In a way, it’s a lot like this kid: we generally write off the idea that kids can think deeply about our world and have complex ideas about the meaning of life and more. But the truth is probably that many of them would if we encouraged them to think in this way, asked them what they really thought, and most importantly listened to their answers and engaged with them.
I for one am very happy that kids like this are around! The world is much better for it.