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I actually read something enlightening for a change today in French class. We are currently reading â€?Le Petit Prince,â€? a classic children’s book by the French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Thus far, (as much as I can understand) it is about a French aviator who crashes in the desert, and finds a little boy, le petit prince, who seems to be metaphorically reminding him of childhood. Saint-Exupéry also seems to be satirizing and alluding to the shortcomings of adult society (there’s some AP analysis for ya!), for example, the following passage:

Les grandes personnes aiment les chiffres. Quand vous leur parlez d’un nouvel ami, elles ne vous questionnent jamais sur l’essentiel. Elles ne vous disent jamais: â€?Quel est le son de sa voix? Quels sont les jues qu’il préfère? Est-ce qu’il collectionne les papillons?â€? Elles vous demandent: â€?Quel âge a-t-il? Combien a-t-il de frères? Combien p&eacutese-t-il? Combien gagne son père?â€? Alors seulement elles croient le connaître.

Translated:

Grown-ups love numbers. When you are talking to a new friend, they don’t ask about the essentials. They never say: �What is the song of your life? What games do you like? Do you have a collection of butterflies?� They ask: �How old are you? How many brothers do you have? How much do you weigh? How much does your father make?� It is only then that they believe that they truly know you.

Even though it may sound childish, if you take a second to step back and think about it, the idea is quite profound. As “grown-ups” we rarely ask questions that would lead us to actually understand a individual’s personality, but only a superficial collection of facts that make us feel that we know them on a statistical level. I just thought it was a rather pleasant thought, others may feel differently. But that’s what comments are for!