Is it just me or are kids getting smarter? When I was six, I could barely tie my shoes, and now first graders are straight up learning calculus. (Okay, maybe not calculus, but you know what I mean.)
So when this elementary school teacher decided to put up a riddle for his students to solve, it’s not surprising that the students did a pretty good job at brainstorming the possibilities.
In fact, the answer they came up with turned out being deeper than, well, the actual answer.
Before I finally revealed the "correct" answer to the riddle, to a largely unimpressed audience, I fielded other guesses that continued along a similarly existential vein. There was "NOT everything," "all stuff," "the end," and maybe my favorite, "nothingthing."
— Bret Turner (@bretjturner) January 3, 2018
Okay, who has been letting their first graders watch a little too much Black Mirror???
— Kaleid (@IamKaleid) January 3, 2018
How is death the beginning of everything exactly?
— LonelyGoomba (@LonelyGoomba) January 3, 2018
Is it sad that their first thought was something so dark? Or is it just reflective of the times we live in? Either way, I’m totally here for a generation full of mini philosophers. Bring it on, 2018.