What I learned from “Little Prince”

I believe a lot of people have read this book “Little Prince” written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 1943. He was also a good aviator.

This novel has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into 300 languages and dialects, selling nearly two million copies annually, and with year-to-date sales of over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling and most translated books ever published.

The Little Prince makes several observations about life and human nature. For example, Saint-Exupéry tells of a fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story’s essence is contained in the fox saying that “One sees clearly only with the heart. The essential is invisible to the eye.” Other key morals articulated by the fox are: “You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed,” and “It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important.” The fox’s messages are arguably the book’s most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.

Most of time, we as adults always have been trying so hard to achieve this or that to satisfy our desires or so called responsibilities whatsoever. I understand many times we don’t have much choices, or we were not brave enough to seek what we really want truly, and give up what’s more essential instead. Just as the fox, in Little Prince book, saying: One sees clearly only with the heart, and the essential is invisible to the eye.

It’s paradox, one part of our roll require me to be more like “Adult” to chase money and fame for our families, our responsibilities, and so on, … however, the other part of my heart wants me to live by choice, by following our inner voice, to be ME. It’s difficult to decide which one to follow sometimes. I guess as long as we live within the society, the best way to do is try to maintain a good balance.

We need money or job to survive and raise our family, but don’t get sucked into this trap too much, don’t get yourself lost for money and fame only. In addition to these, we also need to seek other things, which might not be valued by money under majority of humankind’s standard, but can truly make us happier and bring more joy into our meaningful life.

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