As a die hard Stars Wars fan, I’m blown away.
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It is not rude
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
It keeps no record of wrongs
Love does not delight in evil
But rejoices with the truth
It always protects
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
But it happened that after walking for a long time through sand, and rocks and snow, the little prince at last came upon a road. And all roads lead to the abodes of men.
“Good morning,” he said.
He was standing before a garden, all a-bloom with roses.
“Good morning,” said the roses.
The little prince gazed at them. They all looked like his flower.
“Who are you?” he demanded, thunderstruck.
“We are roses,” the roses said.
And he was overcome by sadness. His flower had told him that she was the only one of her kind in all the universe. And here were five thousand of them, all alike, in one single garden!
“She would be very much annoyed,” he said to himself, “if she could see that…She would cough most dreadfully, and she would pretend that she was dying, to avoid being laughed at. And I should be obliged to pretend that I was nursing her back to life – for if I did not do that, to humble myself also, she would really allow herself to die…”
Then he went on with his reflections: “I thought that I was rich, with a flower that was unique in all the world; and all I had was a common rose. A common rose, and three volcanoes that come up to my knees – and one of them perhaps extinct forever…That doesn’t make me a very great prince…”
And he lay down in the grass and cried.
An excerpt from XXI
And then he added: “Go look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret.”
The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.
“You are not at all like my rose,” he said. “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.”
And the roses were very much embarrassed.
“You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on.
“One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passer-by would think that my rose looked just like you – the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.”
And he went back to meet the fox.
“Goodbye,” he said.
“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
“What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have wasted for my – rose” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.
“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You became responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose…”
“I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
The Little Prince is the first book I ever bought by myself. It was a momentous event as I independently walked outside National Book Store with this in hand. Reading this book taught me countless lessons that greatly shaped my philosophy when comes to viewing life. It is an account I will never get tired of reading over and over again.
Insights I learned from The Little Prince: (Note this is a limited list)
1. Always ask questions.
2. Figures don’t matter.
3. What is essential is invisible to the eye.
4. Bad habits are dangerous.
5. Keep your mind open.
6. Everyone is unique.
7. In life, someone will tame you and your heart as well.
8. You will always find a rose.
9. Pride will hurt you in the end.
Be patient and tough, someday this pain will be useful to you. – Ovid
The world can be cruel for a purpose. I pondered much about the loneliness of emotional defeat but after eating a pint of yogurt ice-cream and almost four hours of contemplation I realized I’ll be okay and damn I still love you no matter what.
I’m happy, I’m sad
I’m patient, I’m mad
I stop, I go
I say yes, I say no
I’m hungry, I’m full
I’m a genius, I’m a fool
I’m scared, I’m brave
I’m good, I misbehave
I’m confused, I’m sure
I give up, I’ll endure
I’m better, I’m worse
I’m friendly, I’m terse
I’m ignorant, I’m wise
I’m bored, I’m mesmerized
Damn it, I’m just in love