Littletree and I have been having an interesting discussion over the past few days – she asked me, “what was the first thing that was ever invented?”
It’s a good question.
My initial response was: probably the Wheel.
Littletree saw right through that, and asked: but how did they make a wheel? They must have had some tools. So the tools were invented first.
“So how did they make the tools?” I ask
And so on it goes.
Littletree suggested paint. Because there are cave paintings, so of course, they had paint.
We got on to pondering what constitutes an “invention”. If someone picks up a rock to crack open a nut, that rock is being used as a tool. But is it an invention? It’s still just a rock.
And what about language?
I’m immensely enjoying this discussion; it’s wonderful to have intelligent conversations with my child, to be discussing and deducing and learning with her. Littletree has a way of seeing the world and thinking about things that is totally different to what I’m used to. I guess it comes from having an unprocessed brain ;)
So everyone out there in internet-land, your challenge, should you choose to accept it: Post a comment; what do you think was the first thing ever invented?