Four year old philosophy

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Malika, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Malika

    Malika Well-Known Member

    Jacob raised a good point this morning. He said (a propos of nothing) "Mummy, it's not good to kill." "No," I replied, "It's not good. If you kill, you feel sad afterwards." He thought for a moment and then said, "But what if you are a giant who kills children?"
    A good question. What do you think?
  2. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Always practical, I would have said, "There no such thing as giants who kill children and it is never good to kill children or anyone else. I believe that if there WERE giants, they would feel bad if they killed anybody."

    How's that??? :)
  3. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

  4. cubsgirl

    cubsgirl Well-Known Member

  5. buddy

    buddy New Member

    PERFECT! I am going to come here for all of my answers before I reply anymore to difficult guys are so good
  6. Malika

    Malika Well-Known Member

    Ah well, you are none of you such subtle philosophers as my son.... His question was not about whether it is wrong for giants to kill children (but of course :)) but whether, my having said it was wrong to kill, whether it was wrong to kill a giant who was going to kill children (thereby saving their lives)... you see?!
  7. buddy

    buddy New Member

    yes that is deep, but then again, if the premise is wrong, that giants dont kill in the first place, it is a moot point. Now, If you are watching the giant running after the kids with a big club...or a fork, then of course go ahead and bomb the giant to pieces.
  8. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Way To Go, Buddy! Lol!

    P.S. Malika, if you want a board filled with-pacifists, I think you'll have to look elsewhere.

  9. Malika

    Malika Well-Known Member

    Well, yes, Terry but... the whole point of J's question was to underline the dilemma of pacifism... you don't want to kill but... what do you do faced with a giant (metaphorical) who is killing children?
    It struck me as a very interesting question but then... I daresay I am a little strange :)