The Hidden Meaning of Life According to The Little Prince - Crisis Magazine
“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
To the Little Prince, the desert is not about the harsh realities of survival or what the eye can see. A desert is a place of beauty because somewhere, somewhere hidden amongst the piles of sand there is a spring, and this hidden water, in turn, provides beauty and life and love to the weary ship-wrecked travelers.
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Keeping this in mind is not nostalgia, but rather an embrace of all that has gone into making up a full-grown human being.
The past is part of who we are. We are made up of imagination and memory and dearly-won virtues.
Adults aren't disappointing because they have grown bigger, or got jobs, or taken on responsibilities.
“People have forgotten this truth,” the fox said. “But you mustn’t forget it. You become responsible forever for what you’ve tamed. You’re responsible for your rose.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
To have perfect love, we have to become children again and learn how to trust and give all we have to the beloved. But we must also be aware that love brings with it responsibility.
If we care for one another, we deny ourselves and may even sometimes get hurt. It is worth the risk. The cost of not daring to love is to miss the point of our existence entirely.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
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