Philosopher’s kid stories

Fifi (seven years old, responding to a conversation about modern cosmology) “You’re saying that the cosmos is a machine. That’s crazy. The cosmos is not a machine. It’s something God made so that we could live.

Me: So why do you think it couldn’t be a machine?

Fifi: Just look.

Me: I guess it doesn’t look much like a machine. And it doesn’t break down.

Fifi: Right. The universe can never break down. But trees break down and stars break down.

Me: So trees and stars are not the cosmos?

Fifi: No. The cosmos is time. 

Me: You mean the things around us are made out of time?

Fifi: No, I’m saying that time is everywhere and always and it never breaks down. So the cosmos is time.


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