I recently had the opportunity to co-host a screening of The Little Prince at the Museum of Modern Art, alongside Ohana & Co. The film is an adaptation of the famous Antoine de Saint-Exupéry book about an old pilot who encounters an alien prince while stranded in the desert. The story examines friendship and love—themes that are amplified in this modern reinterpretation which frames the classic plot within an original tale about a girl whose mother plans every moment of the girl’s life, leaving nothing to chance.
As the film says, the things most essential to our lives are often invisible to the eye. While watching, I often thought of the importance of exploration. Not only must we explore the places we see and things we do, but also the people we meet. One of the greatest journeys of life is to deeply know someone and connect with their spirit, and in this universe of abundance there is always something waiting to be discovered.
There is a moment where the little prince and the fox are speaking that beautifully illustrates the importance of connection and understanding in this world:
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
Relationships are some of the most rewarding and surprising journeys we encounter in life. To know someone is to Protect What Is Precious, and The Little Prince reminds us to do just that.