He is only a fox, like a hundred thousand other foxes.
Updated: Jun 13, 2020
"He is a only a fox, like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world." - The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
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It was not easy for the Little Prince and the fox to become friends. The fox does not like men. Men have guns and they hunt. There is a lack of trust!
In order for them to establish ties ("tame" in the words of the fox), they had to meet at the same time every day in the same place and sit on the grass a little distance from each other, looking at each other without saying anything. For the fox wisely noted that "words are the source of misunderstandings". They move closer to each other day by day, observing the "proper rites" and with time and patience, they grow to trust each other.
And because of the time that the Little Prince "wasted" on the fox, the fox became important to him and the Little Prince became important to the fox. And even though they had to part in the end, the world became a more precious place to the fox because even the color of the wheat fields became a reminder of the color of the prince's hair.
How do we make friends? How do we repair broken relationships? How can trust be rebuilt? Why even bother?
The story of the Little Prince answers these questions in the simplest and most beautiful way.