Jaden and Willow Smith, the teenage star children of Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, have a lot of theories about life and how to live it. In their recent interview with New York Times magazine, the mini-philosophers drop a whole lot of knowledge on concepts such as “the universe” and “time.” What they have to say is strangely enlightening, bizarre, and pretty frightening at times. Here’s what we learned.
1. Willow is reading Quantam Physics and time doesn’t exist.
“I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist,” said Willow. Jaden also added his own bit: “It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe.” Talking about Einsteinian relativity at age 16? Yes.
2. Willow might be reading too much Quantam Physics and time still doesn’t exist.
“This is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made,” Willow said. Jaden adds that there’s a “theoretical physicist inside all of our minds.” Okay.
3. Jaden is really into the PCH, which may or may not be reality.
When asked about recurring themes in his work, Jaden said the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and “melancholiness.” Anyone who’s ever driven down the PCH, a highway that stretches down the near-perfect California coast knows there are way more melancholy places in the world. Like say, Detroit.
4. Willow writes and reads her own novels because everything sucks.
Jaden doesn’t think a lot of music is cool, so he makes his own music. Willow does the same thing with novels. “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 novels since she was 6. Yeah, 6. Remember, time doesn’t exist.
5. Everyone should quit school because it’s depressing.
“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 that in the one year she went to school she realized why kids are so depressed. Of course they’re depressed. It’s high school.
6. Willow’s “Whip My Hair” taught girls around the world that they can be themselves.
I mean, it’s a fun song.
7. “What your own mind thinks, sometimes, is the thing that makes you sad.”
Henry David Thoreau or Willow Smith? Only time will tell. Just kidding. It was Willow.
Potential conclusions: Jaden and Willow are truly in tune philosophically, that non-school they go to may or may not be related to Scientology, or like many teenagers brought up in Southern California, the Smiths were simply really, really high during this interview.