Kids brought up in Hollywood can often seem worlds apart from kids bought up in, say, Shepton Mallet.
But Will Smith’s sprogs Jaden and Willow have shown just how wildly different their thinking is to your average 14 and 16-year-old.
In an interview with the New York Times’ T Magazine, Jaden and Willow, who are home-schooled, talk about life, the universe and pretty much everything.
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And sometimes their answers are, well, a bit baffling…
Things very much start as they mean to go on, with a question about what they’re reading at the moment throwing up ‘quantum physics’ and the Indian philosopher Osho for Willow, and ‘The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated’ for Jaden.
No Harry Potter in the Smith household, then, and as if to compound the fact, Willow later adds: “There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.”
Jaden adds that Willow has been ‘writing her own novels since she was 6’. Impressive…
Asked about their music and whether it’s improved, Jaden picks up on what Willow says about ‘caring less’ about what others think because that can have negative effects.
“Exactly,” he says. “Because your mind has a duality to it. So when one thought goes into your mind, it’s not just one thought, it has to bounce off both hemispheres of the brain. When you’re thinking about something happy, you’re thinking about something sad.
“When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It’s a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities. But for creativity: That comes from a place of oneness. That’s not a duality consciousness. And you can’t listen to your mind in those times - it’ll tell you what you think and also what other people think.”
And that’s not all. They’ve a lot to say on traditional schooling too.
Says Jaden: “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends. It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to.”
Willow adds: “Forever, ‘til the day that we’re in our bed.
Jaden: “Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty.”
Willow: “They never want to do anything, they’re so tired.”
Jaden: “You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.”
Willow: “I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, ‘Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed’. But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.”
A question about the recurrence of the theme of ‘breathing’ in there music throws up this exchange:
Willow: “Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.”
Jaden: “When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.”
Willow: “Prana energy.”
Jaden: “It’s prana energy because they still breathe through their stomach. They remember. Babies remember.”
Willow: “When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world.”
Jaden: “By the chemicals and things, and then slowly…”
Willow: “As they grow up, they start losing.”
Jaden: “You know, they become just like us.”
Finally, as you might expect, their future ambitions are pretty lofty.
Jaden: “I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.
Willow: “I think by the time we’re 30 or 20, we’re going to be climbing as many mountains as we can possibly climb.”
Whether this is actual mountains or metaphorical mountains is unclear. But whatever they are, we’re pretty speechless after that lot.
Image credits: Rex Features/Wire Image
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