Are You Afraid of the Hat?

Drawing Number One

Does the image above frighten you? I bet you would say “Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?” Actually, that’s a common response of a grown-up. Not until we uncover the truth behind that ‘masterpiece’.


“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”-  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)


Quick judgment. That’s how grown-ups act most of the time. No wonder we are living in a world of misunderstandings and misconceptions. We limit ourselves only to what our eyes can see that may lead to prejudice and narrow-mindedness.


Now, take a look at this:

Drawing Number Two

Now, did you get the whole picture? That’s a revised version of Drawing Number One.

Clearly, it’s not a hat but a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Now, there’s a reason to be scared right?


Pictures have limits; especially to those who have lost curiosity and imagination.


Countless times, grown-ups can only recognize what is obvious and forgot to see what’s beyond. Seems that they’ve lost the essence of imagination, because they are more attached to what is quantifiable.


Remember, that there are some hidden truths behind a picture that our eyes can see, what is essential is invisible to the eye, and can be detected only by our hearts and mind.


Illustrations are based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most popular and best-selling novella – The Little Prince (1943).


Favorite Quotes from The Little Prince:

“You know – one loves the sunset, when one is so sad.” — “The Little Prince”


“To forget a friend is sad. Not everyone has had a friend. And If I forget him, I may become like the grown-ups who are no longer interested in anything but figures.”


“If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself, ‘Somewhere, my flower is there . . .’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened . . . And you think that is not important!” — “The Little Prince”


“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.” — “The King”


“Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”


 “The one thing I love in life is to sleep.” — “The Lamplighter”


When one wishes to play the wit, he sometimes wanders a little from the truth.


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 . . .” — “The fox”


“Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . .”  — “The fox”


“Words are the source of misunderstandings.” — “The fox”


“You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you–the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.” — “The Little Prince”


Here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — “The fox”


“Only the children know what they are looking for. They waste their time over a rag doll and it becomes very important to them; and if anybody takes it away from them, they cry . . .” — “The Little Prince”


“But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart . . .” — “The Little Prince”


The things that is important is the thing that is not seen…” — “The Little Prince”

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