Monday, February 11, 2008

Book: The Little Prince / Der Kleine Prinz / Le Petit Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

I just found the book again while I was “diving” through my exchange year stuffs.
I couldn’t resist not to read it again.

It is calming to read one of the famous lines it has :
“Man sieht nur mit dem Herzen gut. Das Wesentliche ist fuer die Augen unsichtbar.“
the translation is approximately like this:
“Man can only see well with the heart. The essential can not be seen by the eyes.”

I followed the first chapter and got resurprised of what Saint-Exupéry would like to say:
Mature people can not understand things from themselves, they always need explanations.

Yes, explanations. It stroke me harshly this morning reading the book.
We do always need to get explanations. Sometimes the reasons are recognitions, affirmations, or just repetitions. Why is it so that by the time we grow up, we are even more afraid or lazy to see ? to really see ? We are discouraged by our own unfreedom of creativity or imagination. Or we sometimes are discouraged by dishonesty, masks, or we are to proud of just understanding superficial things.
Is it because human relations is already lack of belief, of trust, of good intention ????

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