Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Half a Quote from B&W, W&O and a rorschach sort of test

Okay, this half a quote of a quote from Bread & Water, Wine & Oil. I'm curious to see what everyones answer to my question is before I give you the back half of the quote. I think the answer to the question reveals something about a person, I'm just no sure what it is.

Have another look at the passage in The Little Prince by Antoine de
Saint-Exupery where the fox describes how the little prince should learn to tame
him - he must be very patient, sit a little way off and look at him out of the
corner of his eye and say nothing, for words cause misunderstandings. And every
day he will sit a little closer and they will become friends.*

The scenario is this: one of the characters above represents God, the other, us. Which one is which, to your mind, and why? I know the authors answer, and I know what I thought before I finished reading the passage, and now I'm curious to see what others think.

*For the record, this is (part of) a quote from Meditations: A Spiritual Journey Through the Parables by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom, as quoted in Bread & Water, Wine & Oil.


  1. Oooooh, I'm eager to read what the author says about this. Hmmm, it seems foxes are often used as supposedly "wise" animals so I guess God is the fox giving instructions to the little prince (us). Afterall, we are the ones who should sit still before the Lord and learn from Him although I declare this is a REALLY tough thing for me! (Translates: Susanne has little self-discipline as it relates to sitting still waiting for the Lord. Yup, that's me.)

  2. Iiinteresting.....

    I'll post the whole quote later, I promise. I just want to see if anyone else has any thoughts. :)

  3. Ha, ha....your "Iiinteresting" made me laugh out loud! :-D

    I take it I am wrong again!


    I'd like to hear what YOU thought as well. Obviously, I am not a deep thinker.

    But I'm not going to get angry about it. I'm off to write a post about anger ...hehehehe.

  4. Heh.

    There is no 'right' or 'wrong' answer, m'dear. Just my answer and the author's answer, which, for the record, happen to be different. :) You agree with one of us though.

  5. God is the one taming us. As we say in the liturgy "He is the only lover of mankind".

  6. Alana,

    See, that's what *I* thought. It still makes the most sense to me. God as the prince, taming us, us as the fox. We're the skittish ones, not God.

  7. I am skittish around foxes. :-O


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