Seeing with the Heart in The Little Prince

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The Little Prince (1943), number 92 on the BBC book list, is a short, sweet allegorical novel about the important “things” in life.  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explores these ideas through the unexpected friendship of his protagonist (seemingly an autobiographical depiction) who has crash-landed in the Sahara desert, and the little prince, a child visitor from another planet.  The prince and the stranded pilot exchange ideas and thoughts on their planets, and the result is a rich treasury of life’s most important truths and how to attain happiness.

the little prince cover

My favorite themes of the book are the ideas that grownups just don’t understand and that they forget so quickly the innocence of youth.  This idea is immediately introduced through the crashed pilot’s discouragement from being an artist at the age of six.  How many of us were discouraged from our dreams at such a young age because of cynical grownups, busy…

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So Worried about Being Judged

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

There’s something raw about blogging and social media.  These technological advances make it possible for us to connect our private thoughts to a unbound forum, and it can make one feel vulnerable.  I know I feel vulnerable when I share my thoughts, and I’m always relieved and flattered when people find them acceptable and consensus-building takes place.

Yet, why do I care if others find my thoughts acceptable?  Why is acceptance the standard by which I judge myself?  Shouldn’t I be confident in my own beliefs, attitudes, and values, enough so that if I share them and somebody disagrees (or worse, disapproves) that it won’t crush me, cause guilt, or put me on the defensive?

And yet, that is how I respond (privately) over and over again, to the act of releasing my thoughts into cyberspace.

I keep telling myself that it’s okay for me to have a voice. …

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