Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The world wants to know.
Here’s the answer my ten-year-old provided when I asked her the other night:
Well, in Harry Potter [and the Deathly Hallows], the bronze door knocker guarding the entrance to Ravenclaw Tower asks Luna Lovegood: Which came first, the phoenix or the flame? And Luna said, “A circle has no beginning.” The knocker complimented Luna on her reasoning and let her in. So that’s what I say about the chicken and the egg.
And my six-year-old son said:
Somebody built a robot chicken that laid a real egg. After it laid the egg, the robot exploded.
I guess the trick to asking this question is: what do you really want to learn? Do you want to know the scientific answer? Do you hope to uncover a spiritual truth? Or do you want to know more about the person giving the response?