The story of this child who lives in a world beyond tangible reality contains deep and accurate reflections on the nature of man, and these 9 teachings are what every adult should keep in mind every day
The Little Prince is one of those literary works that everyone should read at least once in their life. It has been translated into more than 180 languages and although at first glance it may seem like a children's book, both children and adults can benefit greatly from this book.
The Little Prince (in French Le Petit Prince) is the most famous work of the French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944). The work was published in April 1943, in both English and French, by the American publisher Reynal & Hitchcock.
The Little Prince has become the most widely read and most translated book in French. Thus, it has translations into more than 250 languages and dialects, including the braille reading system. The work has also become one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold more than 140 million copies worldwide.
The novel was translated into Spanish by Bonifacio del Carril and its first publication in that language was made by the Argentine publishing house Empecé Editores in September 1951. Saint-Exupéry, winner of several of the main literary awards in France and a military pilot at the beginning of World War II, he wrote and illustrated the manuscript while in exile in the United States after the Battle of France.
A children's book?
The Little Prince, a story considered as a children's book because of the way it is written but in which deep issues such as the meaning of life, loneliness, friendship, love and loss are actually dealt with.
The story of this child who lives in a world beyond tangible reality contains deep and accurate reflections on the nature of man, and these 9 teachings are what every adult should keep in mind every day:
1- do not stay on the surface
Adults only see a hat, and that is the problem, they are not able to see further and visualize how a boa constrictor has eaten an elephant.
2- Value the love of others as your life itself
The Little Prince is full of regret for leaving that flower on his planet, "I should have judged her by her actions and not by her words, she perfumed me, she enlightened me. I should have guessed her from her cuteness, behind her poor cunning. The flowers are so contradictory! But I was too young to know how to love her“.
3- One is always responsible for what one tames
As the Little Prince told his friend the fox, "I don't need you, you don't need me either, but if you tame me, then we will need each other. You will be the only one in the world for me, I will be the only one in the world for you“.
4- Love is not looking at each other, but looking at both at the same place
Love is not admiring. As Cristina said to Meredith at her farewell "Don't let what you want overshadow what you need. He is charming but he is not the sun. You are“.
5- Value the simplicity of things
Before we grew up and valued the material above all else, we found more pleasure and entertainment in the box full of possibilities than in the gift inside.
6- Do not value people for what they have, but for what they are
“Older people like numbers. When they are told about a new friend, they never ask the essence of it. They never ask: What tone is your voice? What games do you prefer? Do you like to collect butterflies? But instead they ask: How old is he? How much does it weigh? How much does your father earn? Only with those details they think they know you“.
7- Judge yourself before judging others
As the king of the first planet that the Little Prince visited, judging yourself is much more difficult than judging others, and only with your own judgment can you grow as a person.
8- Money blinds you from beauty
“I know a planet where a very red man lives. He has never smelled a flower. He has never seen a star. He has never loved anyone. He has never done anything that sums. He spends the day saying: I am a serious man, I am a serious man, which makes him puff up with pride. But that is not a man, it is a mushroom!
9- Every action has its consequence
“Nothing in the universe remains the same if somewhere, it is not known where, a lamb that we do not know has eaten, or not, a rose“
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