Step Aside, Einstein.November 1, 2009
As many of my peers have already eloquently stated, conversely from adults, who trust only logic and evidence when deciding if something is fact or fiction, children are very susceptible to believing in the impossible.
My question is:
Is there such thing as the impossible?
For a child, no, and what makes people with a few more years under their belts so much smarter than children, “smart” enough to give themselves the authority to tell young children that their beliefs that they have cherished for their entire lives are falsehoods? What if they aren’t?
Consider the movie, “The Santa Claus”, and the idea that what children see is truly reality, and adults are simply too arrogant and consumed with their “intelligence” to believe in such immature, preposterous ideas such as Santa, the Tooth Fairy, a talking rabbit, and magic. We have been trained to believe that children are too innocent, immature, and naive to be able to distinguish between imagination and reality, but could it be that the opposite is true? That these incredible things do exist, we simply, through aging, become too “smart” to recognize it?
It reminds me somewhat of test-taking, oddly enough. Some incredibly intelligent people are terrible test-takers simply because they are too smart for their own good, in a way. They over-think an answer to the point where they end up choosing the wrong one because they have unnecessarily analyzed it dry, when in actuality the answer is quite simple.
Children see the simple world, the world in which if one can think of something, that something must exist. Adults, however, see the world in a more complicated way, in which if one can think of something, it may exist, however if it cannot be proven through methodical, mechanical experimentation, it obviously must not exist, unless proven otherwise at a later time. I don’t know about you, but I much prefer the simple, accepting reasoning of young children. After all, young children that have not yet been forced to conform to modern society’s rules of thought offer the most real, innately human reasoning and thought, so maybe we should just trust this logic that we were born with and stop trying to make advancements in society and technology that could, in theory, be lessening our intelligence.
In my opinion, life was much more fun and exciting when magical powers were still a possibility, becoming a fairy princess was all but guaranteed, and talking to habitually unpunctual rabbits seemed an unoriginal, mundane activity.