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Profound questions of Youth

My son shared with me some creative questions he came up with at school:

  • How do you know you are not upside down and gravity isn’t really pulling you up?
  • Have you ever been your imagination?
  • Have you ever exceeded your imagination?

Of course part of me wants to give a simple answer, but then I realized that these questions are not looking for an answer, but consideration. Much like the sound of one hand clapping.

I remember a question I always wondered, which these questions reminded me of, is how do we know that what I see as red everyone else sees as red? Couldn’t we all see different colors? What I see as red you see as blue, but we both learned that apples are what we call red, so you call blue red. Of course if this is true then neither of us see real red or real blue.

So what do you see?


  1. Jim

    I asked my friend David Wood these questions and here is what he had to say:

    Last time I imagined my imagination I realized I was only imagining that I was imagining my imagination and that it was all a figment of my imagination.

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