The Big Question

KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. The Big Question section in each issue of KidSpirit Magazine contains essays on an idea central to the theme of each issue. Enjoy the “Big Questions” here and be sure to submit your poetry, artwork and writing for future issues of KidSpirit.

Can We Know and Control Our Psyche?

by Noah Totsline

The psyche is highly integral to who we are as individuals and how we function in the world over the course of our lives. It can be defined as the human soul, mind, spirit or inner being. But is it something we can control? Can humans truly gain complete control over our own thought processes,

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Does Truth Have Inherent Value?

by Sofiy Inck

A lot of people think that “truth” is black and white, but upon closer examination, I have begun to believe the nature of truth is much more complicated. Recently, I was sitting in Greek class having one of the most thought-provoking and frustrating debates I had ever had. First, because thinking of the idea of

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What is the Essence of Beauty?

by Nimai Agarwal

Humans have always searched for the elusive epitome of beauty. It has evolved over time, and continues to express itself in new forms. There are many kinds of beauty, and many aspects. There is beauty for the eyes, the ears, the tongue… but all these forms of beauty are unified by one thing which never

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Is Gender Central to Sense of Self?

by Vidushi Sharma and Zachary Kligler

 

How Does Time Shape Our View of Heroes?

by Khalid Husain

Often heroes are seen as the harbingers of crucial change in societies. While heroes may have a profound impact on society, the converse is also possible: that society alters and shapes heroes in turn. These changes may be larger than first realized, sometimes completely morphing a hero’s core ideals into something negative. Other times, heroes

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Does Experience Shape Our Understanding of God?

by Elly Goetz

The idea of God is different for everyone and is possibly many things even to one person. We all have different ideas of what and who God is. Some people do not believe in God at all, while others believe in many gods. Others believe that God infinitely shapes their lives and their afterlives. Others look

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Can Money Buy True Happiness?

by Sidarth Jayadev

What is true happiness? Can money buy happiness? True happiness is a volatile subject that many people debate. It is often defined as a type of feeling that a person enjoys from their heart. But can money “buy” this type of feeling? Some people might agree. Many billionaires might argue that money brings them true

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Is Time Liberating or Oppressive?

by Naomi Chasek-MacFoy

Time is a naturally occurring phenomenon, integral to our existence from moment to moment. That being said, in many ways, it is a human construct, meant to limit, and order our world. Individual conceptions of time are indicative of a specific worldviews. In our society, time is a straight line, with a past, a present,

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What Is the Most Important Quality of Education?

by Vidushi Sharma

  “What are we are supposed to get out of school?” I asked one of my closest friends earlier this week. “What’s the point?” She looked at me for a moment, and then replied, “To produce a person who can form intelligent opinions on world issues, listen to other people’s ideas, and work together with

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Blank Disk or Software Included: Are We Born with Ethics and Morals?

by Sofiy Inck

Are we born with morality? Do we have a sense of right or wrong from day one? Or are we just blank canvases that society paints on? If put in an extreme situation, could an ordinary person grow up to be a psychopath? According to the Oxford Dictionary, ethics are “moral principles that govern a

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