Grown-Ups Miss the Essential When it Comes to Judgment: Wisdom from “The Little Prince.”

 

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There is so much wisdom in The Little Prince.

So, so much!

From Chapter 4 (emphasis mine):

“If I have told you these details about the asteroid, and made a note of its number for you, it is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, ‘What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?’ Instead, they demand: ‘How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?’ Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”

Sounds like:

“What is her SAT score?”

“What does he run the 40 (yd dash) in?”

“What grade did you get?”

“How many papers has she published?”

“How much money does he make?”

“How many titles have you won?”

“What is the school’s API score?”

Also from Chapter 4:

“If you were to say to the grown-ups: ‘I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof,’ they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: ‘I saw a house that cost $20,000.’ Then they would exclaim: ‘Oh, what a pretty house that is!'”

As we grow up, we get so caught up in productivity, efficiency, and results that we miss the essential/immeasurable.  We end up forgetting how to play and create, how to see and feel beauty….

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But this does not have to be either/or.  It’s both~and.  We can appreciate both the measurable~immeasurable, visible~invisible, quantity~quality.  We can be grown-up and childlike by making sure we never forget how to see like a child.

 

 

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