Man, I am drained of deep thoughts lately.
I had an interesting conversation with my 8-yr-old son the other day, though.
He was trying to figure out how we can KNOW good from bad, and he said, “What if nature is turned the other way around and good is really bad, and bad is really good?”
So we had a nice Platonic dialogue about what constitutes goodness and what constitutes badness and came up with the usual answers.
But he couldn’t leave well enough alone, and kept going back to “what if everything is backwards?”
I told him that all we can do is look at the evidence around us, and if there is no evidence that everything is backwards, we have to assume it’s not. Then I told him about Kant, and his head was spinning!
It was really cool to watch the little gears turn in his head, and I’m looking forward to many more discussions like this as he grows. There’s no RULE that teenagers have to be distant from their parents, is there? I love talking to my boys, I don’t want to miss out on these conversations when they start really reading and thinking for themselves. Though the only way they could really rebel would be to become religious or something. Maybe they’ll experiment with Buddhism, that would be cool.