When we think of the great minds of history, one might wonder if their words may have benefited from further elaboration, or if it is, in fact, their very ambiguity that that makes them so profound. Would you ask Heraclitus to cite his claim that nothing is permanent except change? Or inquire as to what Confucius meant when he referred to the proverbial sound of one hand clapping?
Well, yesterday, the Huffington Post had the audacity to ask beloved musician, philosopher and all-around icon livin’ Jaden Smith to explain the meaning behind some of his most cryptic tweets. Thankfully, his elucidations do little to assuage their mystique.
Here are some of the highlights:
I Am Not A Human And I Don't Speak English
I Am Not A Human And I Don't Speak English— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) May 30, 2018
In explaining this tweet, Smith confirmed this his aberration from the species.
"That’s true! That’s true!" he said. "Because I’m not gonna be categorized as a human. Oh, humans are supposed to do this or act like this or people are supposed to act like this or people are supposed to be this. I’m my own thing. Don’t judge me off some standards that were made up before I was born. I’m doing my own thing."
As to the second point, we believe it to be more or less self-evident.
The More Time You Spend Awake The More Time You Spend Asleep.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) February 13, 2015
While this may, at first, appear to be a simple contradiction, Smith doubled-down on its veracity.
"The more time you spend awake, the more time you do spend asleep," he said. "I mean that’s just a fact. But like, I just fucking need to...as soon as I say it, then it becomes like a novelty thing. Then it becomes something that’s super funny. It’s super true though."
The Biggest Flex Anyone Will Ever Have Is Dying.— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 4, 2015
Getting real for a moment, Jaden reflected on this somber truth.
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, that was a sad one," he said. "But it’s true. Because when someone leaves, that’s when everybody starts to care about them."
Smith admitted that he didn't know what this one meant, but claimed to "love" it, and be proud of the fact that it "was like an abstract painting in the form of words. The visuals that get created in your mind when you say that sentence, I created those visuals in your mind."
Although it is uncertain that much was gained from this interview, we can take comfort in the notion that this young, enlightened trust fund baby will continue dispensing his wisdom on Twitter for years to come.