When Kids Get Philosophical

“Which came first? The dog or the tree?”

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Out of the countless games of I-Spy on the chairlift, I met this one kid who wanted to play “Questions,” which in his mind meant a mix between riddles and philosophy.

“Okay, here is a question. What came first? The dog or the tree?” – 5 yo skier

“The dog?” – me playing along.

“WRONG. The tree came first, because if there was no trees then there was no dogs to breathe the air!”

Smart kid. Okay, time to stump him: “What came first? The chicken or the egg?”

… With no hesitation: “The egg!”

“But what about the chicken? If there were no chickens then where did the egg come from?” – Me

And it went on like this for the rest of the chairlift. So if you are looking for a good way to avoid playing I-Spy for the millionth time. Get some great philosophical questions memorized and ask your kids. They may be able to solve them.

 

 

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