S is for Sight and Sound #AtoZChallenge

Posted April 22, 2021 in A-Z Challenge / 5 Comments

Life, the Universe, and Everything According to My Five-Year-Old

This month I’m taking part in the Blogging from A-Z Challenge and will be posting every day except Sundays. My readers voted for the theme “Life, the Universe, and Everything According to My Five-Year-Old”. During bedtime discussions and colouring sessions, my daughter will finally be providing the answers to the philosophical problems and unsolved mysteries that have puzzled humanity’s greatest thinkers for centuries.

The mysteries of sense perception

Me: Do you think everyone sees colours the same? Or do colours look different to each person?

Leona: Different. This [the duvet cover] is purple but we might think it’s light green. That means we have a problem with our eyes.

Me: Do you think there are some things that exist that humans can’t see?

L: We can’t see ghosts or other stuff that’s clear.

Me: Is everything that we see real?

L: Some is not real. Because if we are dreaming that is not real. Like if I was dreaming I was a superhero that wasn’t real, was it?

Me: What do you think it would be like not to see anything at all?

L: That means you’re blinded. It would be like grey and black, that’s all you would see.

Me: What about if you couldn’t hear anything? What would that be like?

L: It would be like this [mouths silently]. It would be quiet, that’s all. You would hear nothing.

Me: What’s the nicest sound in the world?

L: Mioawing. Mew-mew-mew-mew.

Me: What’s your least favourite sound?

L: The buzzing of flies. I hate them.

Me: If a tree falls down in the forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it still make a sound?

L: Yes, because it falls and makes a crash, doesn’t it? If there’s not a human there it can still do it by itself.

child's drawing of a tree falling over with a blue bird inside the trunk
“Tree falling over” by Leona, aged 5.
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Do you find sense perception interesting? Let me know in the comments!

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5 responses to “S is for Sight and Sound #AtoZChallenge

  1. It sounds like she’s hoping that even though she knows her super hero dream is not real that maybe it really might be. There are some dreams I’ve had that I’d be happy to see come true too.

  2. Red

    So logical in her answer about the tree in the forest! Ha!
    I long ago decided I’d rather go blind than deaf, if I have to do one or the other. Good thing I feel that way, since my eyes are Not…Good…At all.

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