Tiarnan is rather philosophical for a six
year old. Today, he was having a serious little chat with his mother, when he
suddenly asked, with the utmost intensity:
“Who is in control of me?”
His mother, Syahidah, focussed on him,
somewhat startled at the question.
“Is it me,
me, or is it my brain?”, he continued, drawing a distinction that seemed a little
mystifying to her.
“Who do you think is in control of you?”,
she prompted, acceptingly.
“Just me.”, he said, simply. “...and God,
sometimes. God controls the whole world – but I am in control of me!”
He seemed happy with that conclusion.
Syahidah was quite happy, too, to have
heard him think so. Listening to Tiarnan is rather refreshing. He ponders the
world, asking questions of matters, that adults have come to overlook, or take
for granted. He then reflects on them, deeply, answering them from within the
context of his experience – yet, meaningfully, nevertheless. Tiarnan is a
little philosopher and, in many ways, is proving to be a deep thinker, prone to
pondering mysteries and cracking the enigmas of life. It is notable that the
questions that concern him most could all be lumped under the heading: “The
Meaning of Life”...for its nature and context are his primary interests. He
really wants to understand what it means to be alive. He doesn’t just accept
that he is alive and go from there...he is really questioning what life is and
what it means to experience the living state. Yet, he is only six years old and
has never read any philosophical or religious work of any kind. He is thinking
for himself, afresh.
All of this leads me to wonder whether, as
an adult, he might become a writer, who ponders deep questions and answers them
for his readers. If so, that would be an altogether familiar outcome, for those
who are privy to my writings of yesteryear (hint: not the general public, as
Intellectually, Tiarnan has many a likeness
to my own preoccupations – though his are in juvenescent form. That doesn’t
disguise the fact, though, that he seems driven by the same motivations to
question, understand and explain his world. Once again, I marvel at how much
genetic influences appear to play in the formation of our minds, our characters
and our interests.
I look forward to Tiarnan’s many
interesting questions and ponderings, in the future.
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