My kids have been a bit young for me to burden with philosophical conversations. But last night, during our evening ritual of laying next to each other in bed reading, my son looked over my shoulder and read a few sentences from a Buddhish philosophy book I was reading and laughingly said, “Oh my gosh, I don’t want to read any more — this is saying we don’t exist. I can’t handle that.”
I agree. At his age, he is busy trying to anchor down selves, identity and such. He is not ready to handle this stuff. As they say in education theory, he is not at a stage of learning readiness yet.
Question for Readers:
- Theists: Are there any central aspects in your Christianity that you feel must also heed learning readiness?
- Atheists: Any mathematical, epistemological or scientific info you feel is best to hold off from your kids until they are ready?
- Buddhists: How do you feel learning readiness applies to Buddhism?