What were you up to when you were 9? Probably going on adventures and beginning to sass your parents and “running away” and rubbing poison ivy all over your body to get out of school (okay, maybe that last one was just me). Anyway, chances are you weren’t spending too much time analyzing major existential questions like what is the meaning of our lives or whether multiple universes exist or whether events in life are predestined. But one 9-year-old dubbed “The Philosopher” is, as evidenced by NPR’s Robert Krulwich piece and the video below. I am going to stop writing now because this kid knows everything and I know nothing.



Emmanuel Hapsis

Emmanuel Hapsis studied creative writing at University of Maryland, College Park and went on to receive his MFA in the field from California College of the Arts. After a few years of odd jobs, he landed at KQED, where he worked his way up from an intern to being the lead producer of a literature podcast and then the creator and editor of KQED Pop. In his free time, he teaches yoga and sings his heart out at karaoke.

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