I was surprised. I’m not sure if he perhaps saw the illustration before it; a creature wrapped by a snake with mouth gaped open or was he just imagining things. True enough, the next photo reveals a snake that has eaten an elephant.
Jesus once advised his disciples to become like little children. I sense the same advice in this book. Kids think simple, their imagination are endless. They forgive just as easily as they get angry. Basically, to be pure in heart.
The Little Prince imparts a lot of valuable lessons we overlook in everyday life. Reflections on a personality like I am unique, what we perceive as reality may not be real, be sympathetic; you’re not the only person in the world and each of us hides something beautiful within.
I once read a story that goes like this:
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. “
“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
True enough, the Little Prince also teaches us that we should and we are responsible for which of the two wolves we tame.
Ironically, it is a relative of the wolf, a fox, who said the most memorable quote in the book; “One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”