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Reflective essay on "The Little Prince"

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Abhishek Chhabria Reflective essay on The Little Prince (English HL1) Joseph Weizenbaum, a professor computer science at MIT, an institution where creativity and innovation is a need, once wrote and I quote, "I think that children have a power to imagine that is almost magical when compared to the adult imagination, and this is something irrevocable that a child loses when he or she becomes bound by logic. We adults continue to have our children's power of imagination only in our dreams... Of course it's awfully necessary that children not run their entire lives on the basis of such thinking; they do need to learn how to think logically. But the world will soon teach that to them -and in overabundance. I think we should do everything we can to make it possible for children to hang onto the power to imagine in the almost magical sense for as long as possible." A mere description of the same event by a grown-up and an adult is clearly distinguishable. Their comparison will suggest that the child will make it sound emotion filled, more imaginable to the listener and the adult will summarize and emphasize on the 'important' aspects. Also, the child's perception of the event will bring out certain 'invisible' aspects and will sound less stereo-type than the adult's view of the matter. ...read more.

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The king attempts at making the little prince his own 'subject' which makes him seem hungry to have power. He seems much similar to political organizations today campaign to 'Come to power', as they say, but literally nothing else. Then he meets a man who wears a hat at all times and is hungry for appraisal for he asks the little prince to clap for him and acknowledges this 'forced appraisal' with his hat. I agree with the prince that he is weird to find himself the richest, most- handsome man on his planet since he is the only one on it. In actuality I feel everybody strives to do something or the other to seek admiration in society just like him. Next, he meets a drunkard who confesses he drinks to forget the shameful fact that he drinks. He doesn't seek companionship in the little prince and chooses to be left alone to drink. Another weirdo, although he is quite a stereotype of the world we live in, in the context that, grown-ups like him never attempt at solving a problem, drinking habit in his case, instead they choose to ignore it and let things get worse. Then on the next planet he meets a businessman who is too busy to answer his questions. ...read more.

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He mentions that he'd rather use his time walk slowly to a well than try to save it. He says that would give him more joy in obtaining the refreshing liquid inside it than to save time by consuming the salesclerk's pill. Indeed, there is no joy in consuming a mere pill as a substitute for food or any other form of nourishment, just to save time. The book tells us much about how we loose many qualities as we become more mature and realizes what is true and what is not. The fox said "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." This shows how people take many things for granted and we do not appreciate what we have. We are selfish people that always want more and more. Sometimes we don't see the world as it really is. Sometimes we need to actually experience it to see what is going on. We have to start to think about reality and all of the others out their in our world which are neglected and in need. That is why it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. Only with the heart will we start being selfless and make society a better place to live in. ...read more.

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