“In the face of an overpowering mystery, you don’t dare disobey.”
The Little Prince
In the spirit of “The Little Prince” himself, an interstellar explorer on a journey of discovery, we are delighted to announce Helping Friendly Book Club will travel to the one and only Wild Detectives Bookstore Bar to continue our Quest for SEJNES on Tuesday, March 28th at 8:30PM.
If you're not familiar with “The Wild Detectives,” you’re in for a treat. Check out their TED Talk below. You’ve got to be a little wild to set out questing for the Secrets of Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor in the first place.
We will be discussing the “The Little Prince” by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and continuing our attempt to simplify the SEJNES to such a degree that it not only transcends LANGUAGE, but transcends the rigid and limiting worldview of adulthood as well.
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”.
Don’t let the pictures and children’s appeal of this book fool you into thinking it isn’t heavily encoded with esoteric knowledge. This story is a children's fable for adults and when you peel back the layers there is much more going on here than meets the eye. In fact,
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
That's what the fox says.
We appreciate in advance your willingness to make the journey to the Bishop Arts District for this special gathering. Friends and first timers are encouraged to join, especially if you happen to live on that side of town. We're coming to your asteroid for some mental pollination and Dallas cultural cross-froth.
Thanks for letting us know if you can make it and following along on the Facebook Event Page. We will drop morsels of Secret History in there to help frame the discussion. It’s also helpful to have an estimated headcount because they've kindly offered to have a dedicated bartender for us if we think we’ll have enough people.
Life is enchanted and everything is connected. Come find what you're looking for at "The Wild Detectives" on the 28th of March at 8:30PM.
Follow your pinecone, "don't dare disobey."
Yours in the foam,
P.S. They just made "The Little Prince" into an animated film on Netflix.
“People where you live, the little prince said, grow five thousand roses in one garden... Yet they don't find what they're looking for... And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose.”
The Little Prince
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm, it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behavior through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
'Lord, I’m not praying for miracles and visions, I’m only asking for strength for my days. Teach me the art of small steps.
Make me clever and resourceful, so that I can find important discoveries and experiences among the diversity of days.
Help me use my time better. Present me with the sense to be able to judge whether something is important or not.
I pray for the power of discipline and moderation, not only to run throughout my life, but also to live my days reasonably, and observe unexpected pleasures and heights.
Save me from the naive belief that everything in life has to go smoothly. Give me the sober recognition that difficulties, failures, fiascos, and setbacks are given to us by life itself to make us grow and mature.
Send me the right person at the right moment, who will have enough courage and love to utter the truth!
I know that many problems solve themselves, so please teach me patience.
You know how much we need friendship. Make me worthy of this nicest, hardest, riskiest and most fragile gift of life.
Give me enough imagination to be able to share with someone a little bit of warmth, in the right place, at the right time, with words or with silence.
Spare me the fear of missing out on life.
Do not give me the things I desire, but the things I need.
Teach me the art of small steps!'
"The Wild Detectives is the result of the enthusiastic talk over the years—and around the beers—of two Spanish civil engineers, Paco Vique and Javier García del Moral: long time friends, who were crazy enough to make that conversation a reality. In February 2014 they opened a bookstore-bar-venue that has since invigorated the local cultural landscape and it’s perceived by many as the catalyst of what some are starting to call the Dallas Literary Scene.
In a TEDx talk they gave this year at the University of Texas in Arlington they highlight the need for spaces to encourage conversations in these smartphone times. “Conversations and human interaction, those are the raw materials stories are made” they say. If books can be the perfect icebreaker, this bookstore bar may as well feed some great literature coming from Dallas in the following years."