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A CHILD'S LOGIC 孩子的邏輯








The Creation of Man by Michelangelo........ source : here






孩子的邏輯如時令蔬果, 一切有時有候; 又如地道特產, 每一年齡時區, 歲歲年年蘊育獨有滋味。看罷阿四五歲的最後幾天邏輯, 趕緊記下您對亞當夏娃猿人地球的迷思。匆匆, 您已八歲半。



「上帝造人。又, 人從人猿進化。那, 亞當夏娃應該是 ... 猿 ... 人 ... 」您說。九月。一個下午。 坐在沙發上。



好一個邏輯, 八歲的您。驟然名畫中亞當夏娃, 或是 LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER 的、或是 ALBRECHT DUREN 的、 或是 TIZIAN 的、或是 MICHELANGELO 的 ... 彷彿成了猩猩。這些影像, 一直徘徊。



「她否認她出世時是人猿BB五歲的您激憤, 投訴同學愛「說謊」。想到產房內一眾媽媽摟抱猩猩BB, 滿足微笑 ... 就感受到生命奇幻。真的希望幼稚園陳老師會看到這篇, 原來「人猿」仍在進化, 從來沒有間斷, 於她腦袋。 一個可以從左至右看穿, 有蜜蜂通道的腦袋。 一個裝載如此世界 - 好生養的象媽媽除了生出小象也生斑馬也生老虎也生長頸鹿 - 的腦袋。



看您, 還像活在「世界在龜背上」的年代, 尚未知道地球是圓, 老是想世界的模樣。



「三樓的天花板是天台的地板。」三四歲的您捧著奶瓶看天花板。這個概念, 我們仍然需要教新手同事。要知道三樓的 reflected ceiling plan 必須參照四樓的 structural plan 。四五歲的您:怎麼在一樓只見一樓的天花, 不能看到二三四五六七八樓的天花板。但呀, 無論在哪一層 , 都可以看到天空? 」又:「怎麼在隧道內只見隧道頂, 一出去就看到天空? 」哎呀, 那不正是你已經離開隧道?! ... 當時,我告訴你,這是透視與角度。我以為這就是答案 ...



「香港的天空是不是北京的地板? 」五歲的您, 在飛機上:「地底下有人生活嗎? 」我終於頓悟。我們實際上是在乘升降機, 不是搭飛機。您的地球是座摩天大樓。藍色天花板, 大得無處不在。穿越它, 可以到達北京。遁地, 直到南方。



「東和西不停地轉換嗎? 地球在轉。英國呀,法國呀,意大利呀 ... 時兒在西, 時兒在東。」七歲的您問題沒完沒了。你也開始做實驗。知道政府有沒有做好他們工, 半夜十點半你喝了一大杯水喉水:「我已有心理準備。如果他們沒有監測好水質, 半夜進醫院!」



原來處於現代, 也可以活在蠻荒思想世界。若飢。 若愚。若



兩星期前, 您找來本「達爾文演化論入門」。八歲的您, 仍在努力思考亞當夏娃與猿人。




3M baby ape, iza




The child's logic harvests at its own time, authentic as it should be. As I'm catching up with your time, my dear child, you are suddenly eight and a half ... Myths of Adam, Eve and Apes are still swirling in your head ...


A September afternoon. Sitting on the sofa.

" God made man. And as said, human did evolve from apes. Then ... Adam and Eve should be ... APES. " An 8-year-old you mumbled.


What a logic. All a sudden, Adam and Eve in the paintings of...Lucas Cranach the Elder...Albrecht Duren...Tizian...Michelangelo...morphed into apes. These illusions, have been hovering.


"She denied that she was born as a baby ape." A 5-year-old you complaining a classmate who loved to "lie". In a delivery room, I dreamed, a group of mama were holding their new born baby apes, smiled gently ... How wonderful life is, as I can see this in you, through you. Wish your kindergarten teacher, Miss Chan, would read this post. She will witness with me this evolution of " The Great Apes " in your head. A head, which one could see through from the left to the right, where the bees channel was. A head, which was bearing a world - mama elephant would give birth to baby elephant, baby tiger, baby zebra, baby giraffe - an incredibly amazing world.


It seems, you are still living in the era when "The World was on the Turtle's Back", yet to know the earth is.


"Ceiling of the second level is the floor of the third level (roof of our small house)." A 3-year-old you was holding a bottle of milk gazing to the ceiling. This concept, we still need to teach the new comers to our design studio. To know the second floor reflected ceiling plan, one must refer to the third floor structural plan. A 4-5 year-old you wondered, " I can always see the first floor ceiling on the first floor, but, cannot see the ceilings of the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth ... floors from the first floor. However, no matter on what level, you can still see the sky!? " And, " In a tunnel I see the tunnel ceiling. When you get out the tunnel, there's the sky AGAIN? " OH! Was it simply that you had left the tunnel ?!!! ... At that time, I told you about perspective and view. I guessed this was the answer ... but it was not. Actually, it was too far from the core of thought.


"Is the sky of Hong Kong the floor of Beijing?" A 5 year-old you on a plane, " Are there people living under the ground ?" I finally grabbed it. We were in a LIFT, instead of flying on plane. Your Earth is a hugh block of skyscraper. The BLUE CEILING was a big canopy, as it's covering every corner. Up through the canopy, you would reach Beijing. Down through the ground, we would arrive the South.


" Is East and West kept interchanging? The earth rotates. Then, Britain, France, Italy, the Western world will rotate to the East ... East and West are swopping continuously ? " A 7 year-old you with endless questions. You have been starting with experiments. You wanted to figure out whether our Government has done his job properly, you drank a large glass of tap water ( one supposes not to do this in HK ) at 10:30pm, "I have prepared to be in hospital if they do not have good water quality monitoring. "


It is a myth to me. In this modern era, we are standing on the shoulder of a giant. With our great ancestors, a lot of mysteries unfolded. We can access their wisdoms from books, internets ... We get to know before we have asked. We are fed even without thinking we need to be fed. It's far too amazing to see a mind works like ancients in this era ... building up from scratches ...


Two weeks ago, you got the "Introduction to Darwin's evolutionary theory" from a bookstore. An 8 year-old with a keen heart. Just stay hungry, stay foolish. As Steve said. Though, soon you may leave the scratching from dust stage ...




On your 7th birthday, you wished to have a present, the same kind of present for every coming birthday. You wanted a seal with your name on. Nothing else you desired for. " The older I am, the bigger the seal has to be." You said. When you become very old, you would have a HUGH seal.

We adored the idea and promised a seal every year ... which may not be bigger but surely a different and unique one.

Right : 7Y ; Left : 8Y



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16 comments:

Yanyan said...

dear Iza, I first thought today is your birthday, then I remembered it was in April, I love to hear your story, your thoughts is so philosophical. You are such a special girl, thank you and your mom to let us be part of your life, through her words and images. Wish a wonderful and happy life for you dear Iza. Much love.

alliot + iza said...

Yes, it's a beautiful encounter. We are so glad to have you too, dear yanyan :)
Children's logic is "cute" ... i know this would be the best part when we look back one day.

Happy Together said...

Love love this post, and I like your Chinese writing:)
I love the Iza's World. "若飢。 若愚。若癡" is unique talents for kids.

Fei An said...

Dear Alliot, 看到你开始用中文写东西。真得很开心。

"兩星期前, 您找來本「達爾文演化論入門」。八歲的您, 仍在努力思考亞當夏娃與猿人。"这个臻臻真是个神奇的孩子。:)

安雅也很迷惑上帝造的亚当和夏娃及他们和人猿的关系。我也不知道怎么解释。改天我自己找本「達爾文演化論入門」看看。

我觉得带孩子旅行是一件特别美好的事情。坐飞机,坐电梯,空中,地面。"天似穹庐,覆盖四野。" 这些天看你写的臻臻的文字,不知为什么总是想起自己小时候。 所以我也要多带她们俩去看这个神奇的世界.

安雅今天来看你的博客,问能不能和臻做朋友。 呵呵。她说臻很酷,要穿和臻一样的衣服。 ;)

Amélie said...

Dear Alliot, thank you for this precious voyage through Iza's thoughts. She's a rare and precious child.
Childrens logic is deep and reminds us how we should think ourselves. Your post also reminds me I should be more attentive to Elsa's thoughts and concerns..., not messsing precious moments and words of her childhood.
and I must add I still share Iza's views about the swopping of East and West.

kenza said...

Marvelous absolutely marvelous! Oh a child's logic is true knowledge. Why should the world be as we were taught it is, and not what we feel and think it is? Yes indeed we may live on the back of a turtle and East is West and vice versa, and the top becomes the bottom, and time is NOT linear and dreams are real and life is a dream.
Thank you sweet Iza and your mama.

Amélie said...

Those jade seals, what a wonderful present.
Very little Iza, sleeping beauty all in white, she's so cute.

alliot + iza said...

Dear Amelie, So glad you have noticed the Jade seal :) I love her idea so much. Just imagining one day, in a precious diary of her, a page with all those different red seals, maybe thirty, forty ... of them all together marking the lovely days we have gone through together.

alliot + iza said...

It's wonderful that 安雅和臻 become friends, dear Fei AN.
It's not quite likely that iza will find the answer which she concerns most through the book「達爾文演化論入門」:) Since it is still a mystery ... 孰創造孰演化 ... But i will let her continue to read and to dig by herself.

mama4 said...

The elephant mama just cracks me up big time!!!!

Oh kids are just so precious... :)

By the way I love your poetic Chinese writing!

v said...

i need to show audrey the "elephant mama" post :)

Evelyne said...

Merveilleuse idée que ce jade seal à chaque anniversaire.
Ecouter Iza à travers toi est un grand bonheur.
BIses.

Yoli said...

What a beautiful mind she has. I love her logic, brilliant child. Born the year of the sheep right?

alliot + iza said...

阿四&V: iza 像爸爸 :)

*Terre indienne* said...

I admire your girl, a clever beauty, and your relationship seems so special.
And yes, those jade seals.....are always fascinating, from an occidental point of view!

alliot + iza said...

Dear Yoli,
Yes, in the year of the sheep ... but restless like a monkey :)