Here are the life skills academia can’t teach.
At the age of 6, I used to imagine my bowl of Cheerios screaming at me — pleading not to be eaten while I ate my morning cereal.
And at the age of 9, I began to ask deeper questions about the meaning of life: why we exist, and why there exists something rather than nothing.
At primary school, these questions were ignored. They were labelled nonsensical and child-like curiosities. They were categorised as make-believe — given no more force than questions about my favourite fictional TV character, or imaginary friends.
Little did I know, at the age of 9, that these questions weren’t nonsensical. Instead, they reflect the questions that many of the world’s great thinkers have been pondering for years.
My Cheerio fantasy, for example, isn’t an absurd claim. It reflects the widely-disputed belief of Panpsychism: the proposal that everything in reality, from c-fibres in your brain, to the grain of beans in your coffee, is conscious.
I was asking some of the biggest questions life has left unanswered.
At just 9 years old, I was a Philosopher.