Meet Japan's 10-year-old philosopher, published author, and grade school dropout


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/31/meet-japans-10-year-old-phil.html


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I don’t really want to be harsh on this kid, but that’s some spacey bullshit right there.

I do kind of want to be harsh on his handlers though.


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I think it’s a bit lost in translation.
Footnote to the source article:

Editor’s Note: “Unable to read the air” (空気が読めない) is a Japanese expression used to describe someone who can’t read the situation and/or mood of a conversation. This puts importance on being socially conscious and thinking of others. The expression is mostly used derisively

I’d say he’s trying to express a disdain for social conformity, a theme that comes up several times in the interview.


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