Seeing Rightly

I watched, last night, the animated film of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

And I stopped the recording with this quote … and replayed it.

Because it is the truth that we have, perhaps, forgotten in our increasingly technocratic and “let’s rationalise some madness and a Gulag somewhere using only our heads and some carefully chosen numbers … which we’ll call ‘objective’ & ‘professional’.”

… hmmm …

Loved The Little Prince. As I loved de Saint-Exupéry’s Wind, Sand and Stars. He writes about his aeroplane crash in the desert in the latter …

… and on lying on his back in that Saharan dark stillness looking ‘down’ at the stars, floating in space.

David Abrams writes about that sensation as well – walking on those narrow paths in a Balinese paddy field with the stars in the water beneath you … and above you … surrounding you – in his The Spell of the Sensuous.

Chris Perley


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2 Responses to Seeing Rightly

  1. gosnellh says:

    Chris, Have you seen The Shape of Water? Related to this post, which I love. Amazing movie. I’m kind of floored by it. Glad you’re writing about this!! Hannah

    Sent from my iPhone


    • cjkperley says:

      OMG Hannah, just watched the trailer. That is beautiful. And exactly that unnecessary conflict between instrumentalist and our own humanity. Thank you, and hope you are taking joy in the spring. Chris

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