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What is the wisest/smartest thing you've ever heard a child say?

  • 2016-04-30 11:32:16

"Hannah, I know the meaning of life."

She was about five years old at the time, and she said this in a completely matter-of-fact way, in the middle of eating lunch.

"Okay," I said, figuring I'd humor her. "What's the meaning of life?"

"To be stuck in a constant loop of eating and pooping," she replied solemnly.

I managed to keep a straight face. "...Ah. I see."

"But sometimes, if you're lucky," she added, "your poop ends up being cooler than your food. Like when you buy paint and turn it into art. Or when you learn lots of words and turn them into a story."

I stared at her, caught off-guard by the profound simplicity of her metaphor.

"The more you eat, the more you have to poop. And the more you poop, the more you have to eat. Until you die," she said, a little sadly. "But it's worth it if your poop is cooler than your food." 

And with that, she turned back to her Brussels sprouts.



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「汉娜,我知道活着的意义。」

那个时候她五岁左右,在午饭席间郑重其事地说出这句话。

「好啊,」我说,打算趁机调戏她,「活着的意义是什么呢?」

「就是不停地吃和拉」,她一脸严肃地回答道。

我强忍住不笑,「。。。嗯,我明白了」

「但是呢,有时候你运气很好,」她补充道,「你的便便比你的饭饭更有意思。比方说你买了颜料,然后把它变成了画,或者你学了很多词语,然后把它变成了故事」

我盯着她,被她这言简意赅却又意义深远的比喻打了个措手不及

「你吃的越多,拉的越多。拉得越多,吃的越多。直到死掉。」她说的时候有点忧伤。「但是呢,只要你的便便比饭饭更有意思,这都是值得的。」

说完,她就转过脸继续吃她的小头菜了。