Inside Jaden Smith's "Mystery School" and the Story of How He Built His Own Pyramid

Jaden Smith spent the summer building closets, beds and even his own pyramid.

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Criticism might bother most people but part time teenager and full time philosopher Jaden Smith has a different approach: he welcomes it. In a recent interview with GQ, Jaden said the fact that people think he's crazy feels like an honor. "Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too," he said. "I don't think I'm as revolutionary as Galileo, but I don't think I'm not as revolutionary as Galileo." 

Perhaps most interestingly, he spoke about how he and his sister Willow are scientists and use their fame to conduct"experiments" through an initiative they call, "Mystery School. The infamous interview that he and his sister Willow gave to T Magazine was one of their "experiments" to test people's reactions. According to Jaden, the orgins of the "Mystery School"  date back to ancient Egypt and Greece. "Plato, Pythagoras, all these students had mystery schools," he said. "And what they learned in there was sacred. They would learn the math and sciences of that generation, and then they would build the cities and give that energy and that knowledge to the other people. And a lot of stuff they would keep really, really to themselves. Like, you couldn't say the word dodecahedron, which is just a shape, outside of one of the mystery schools or they would, like, kill you or whatever. Because it was such a sacred shape.” Interesting.

In an almost impossible feat, Jaden trumped the "Mystery School" tidbit by mentioning that his dad, The French Prince of Bel-Air, gave Jaden space in the family backyard to flex his architectural skills and build a 12.5-foot pyramid. The tip of the pyramid is missing but Jaden promises that we will get to see a picture of it on his Instagram very soon.

Besides building pyramids, Jaden is making sure he's left a mark on the world before he disappears in 10 years. He's working on his third free album and has also found the time to work on the upcoming designs for his ownclothing line, and even star in a Netflix series and an HBO series both coming sometime next year. Check out Jaden's full interview here.

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