“When you’re finished washing and dressing each morning, you must tend to your planet.” The Little Prince’s planet could be a metaphor for a number of things. My interpretation is that the Little Prince living on his own little planet is equal to a person that lives in their mind, or in “their own little world”. So really I view the little planet as a smaller simpler view of the world. And when I apply that perspective to this quote, it takes on a whole new meaning. The Little Prince spends a few minutes each day tearing up the baobabs that grow on his planet. As a metaphor, this seems to me to be akin to meditation, or something similar. At least a few minutes each day, I suppose, should be spent in the mind, sorting out one’s thoughts and pulling up the baobabs. If you spend too much time outside your little world in the adult world, there is a good chance that the baobabs will grow too large and outgrow your little world.
“Only children know what they’re looking for… They spend their time on a rag doll and it becomes very important, and if it’s taken away from them, they cry…”
Children possess a certain view of things that most adults don’t understand. A child’s focus is very narrow. The child only sees the here and the now, and throws all of his focus upon it. When the child is given the rag doll, he focuses on the rag doll, and begins to understand it. The rag doll becomes meaningful to him. That is why the child cries when the rag doll is taken away. For that moment the rag doll was his entire world, and his entire world was taken away in an instant. As the child matures and becomes an adult, he learns new things and his point of view broadens. If an adult is given a rag doll, he won’t understand it as the child does. He has a job and a car and a girlfriend, so a rag doll does not matter to him. It’s silly for him to be given a rag doll. The adult does not focus on just one thing at a time as the child does. He looks at the...