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.

7 comments:

  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.)

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  2. Iiinteresting.....

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

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

    I take it I am wrong again!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    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.

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  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.

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

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  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.

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  7. I am skittish around foxes. :-O

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