The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Fintan's sense of morality.

Fintan, five, was having a conversation today with his mother about the Romans.

"Why did they build forts, mummy?"

"Well, because when they won battles, they had to have somewhere to put everything they took. Then they could become more powerful.", she said, a little loosely.

He was unhappy with this answer. "Become more evil, you mean."

Syahidah was surprised at this moral view, coming from her five year old son. He had judged the ways of the Romans and instead, as many boys might have been, of being impressed with their military prowess and stratagems, he had just seen them as evil.

There are many ways a child can impress - doing so by showing a strong sense of what is right and what is wrong, is one of the better ones.

I am pleased to see that Fintan is able to make moral judgements like this - and that they seem so well judged, given the true nature of what the Romans were up to.

Well done, Fintan.

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