i kinda understand why gaider decribed cole with having “the mind of a child”. not child-like as in knowing nothing but more as in, open minded and curious about everything. he doesn’t understand why people don’t want his help, he keeps being pushed away and he doesn’t know why that is. he pries into people’s minds and questions them about who’s who and why’s and what’s. cole is genuinely curious as to what’s happening and how he can help them.