When I was at school, one of my set works for French was ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, an existentialist philosopher. Thirty years later, I’m not much wiser about existentialism, but The Little Prince remains one of my favourite books of all time.
From the outset of the book, the narrator makes it clear that as we grow older we lose the ability to see what’s really happening on the inside. He tells the story of drawing a boa constrictor that has eaten an elephant, and the adults only being able to see a picture of a hat, rather than the reality of the snake digesting the elephant.
What is it about life that, over time, hampers our ability to see and feel what’s really going on inside? When was the last time you had a look at what is essential and invisible?
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