They could be revolutionaries in the making or they could just be plain crazy. And, if a recent New York Times interview is anything to judge by, more people are willing to bet the latter than the former.
Whatever you peg them, the Smith kids – Jaden and Willow – have certainly been earning their fair share of names from spectators as of late. The elder Smith and his bevy of memorable quotes like “how can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real” and “if everyone dropped out of school we’d have a more intelligent society” have earned mix review from commenters who can’t decide of the former ‘Karate Kid’ is genius or nah.
Willow, on the other hand, has made just as many headlines for her outspoken nature. Now, it seems the duo is poised to keep the side-eyes and raised eyebrows coming via an interesting New York Times interview that’s leaving many-a-head scratched. Read some of the quotes below:
What have you been reading?
WILLOW: Quantum physics. Osho.
JADEN: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.
I’m curious about your experience of time. Do you feel like life is moving really quickly? Is your music one way to sort of turn it over and reflect on it?
WILLOW: 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.
JADEN: It’s proven that how time moves for you depends on where you are in the universe. It’s relative to beings and other places. But on the level of being here on earth, if you are aware in a moment, one second can last a year. And if you are unaware, your whole childhood, your whole life can pass by in six seconds. But it’s also such a thing that you can get lost in.
You mentioned breathing earlier, and it’s also an idea that recurs in your songs.
WILLOW: Breathing is meditation; life is a meditation. You have to breathe in order to live, so breathing is how you get in touch with the sacred space of your heart.
JADEN: When babies are born, their soft spots bump: It has, like, a heartbeat in it. That’s because energy is coming through their body, up and down.
WILLOW: When they’re in the stomach, they’re so aware, putting all their bones together, putting all their ligaments together. But they’re shocked by this harsh world.
So is the hardest education the unlearning of things?
JADEN: Here’s the deal: 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. You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.
WILLOW: I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, “Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.” But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.
So what’s next?
JADEN: I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time. And when I say craziest, I mean, like, I want to do like Olympic-level things. I want to be the most durable person on the planet.
Read the interview in its entirety here.