Children are not aware of limitations.  They just figure that if there’s something they don’t know, it’s because they haven’t learned it yet.

“Why’s the sun round?”

“Because there’s a big fire at the center, and as it moves outward, it cools equally.”


“Because heat cools at a standard rate.”


“Uh… because…”

Children are endlessly curious.  It can drive an adult crazy because  we are confronted with how little we truly know, and how tenuous our existence is.  A child can lead us to an existential crisis in three “Whys?”

~ Alan Watt

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