The expression “out of the mouth of babes” is often used to illustrate how children, in their innocence, can explain things that adults may struggle to comprehend. Sometimes, as adults, we can become too entangled in the details and miss the bigger picture. Children, on the other hand, often see through the complexities and can perceive a truth that eludes adults.
This notion was made evident when a six-year-old girl found herself in a classroom. The teacher was discussing evolution with the children, but something about it just didn’t quite resonate with her. The story has captured the hearts of the internet, highlighting not only the innocence of a young child but also the intelligence that children can possess. It reminds us that, as adults, there’s much we can learn from our younger counterparts.
The teacher posed a question to a little boy:
TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?
TEACHER: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see if you can see the sky.
TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a minute later) Yes, I saw the sky.
TEACHER: Did you see God?
TEACHER: That’s my point. We can’t see God because he isn’t there. He doesn’t exist.
A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy some questions. The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy:
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the tree outside?
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
TOMMY: Yesssssssss (getting tired of the questions by this time).
LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the teacher?
LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?
LITTLE GIRL: Then, according to what we were taught in the school today…she must not have one!!