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Boats, the Sea, a Community of Love, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

relevant to the concept of explorer

As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry explained, to men to be enganged in a common voyage, in his book Citadelle

And on the other hand, if I communicate to my men the love of walking on the sea, and each of them is thus disinclined because of a weight in the heart, then you will soon see them diversify according to their thousand. special qualities. One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his ax. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn't about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It's about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love.

The original French

Et par contre, si je communique à mes hommes l'amour de la marche sur la mer, et que chacun d'eux soit ainsi en pente à cause d'un poids dans le cœur, alors tu les verras bientôt se diversifier selon leurs mille qualités particulières. Celui-là tissera des toiles, l'autre dans la fort par l'éclair de sa hache couchera l'arbre. L'autre, encore, forgera des clous, et il en sera quelque part qui observeront les étoiles afin d'apprendre à gouverner. Et tous cependant ne seront qu'un. Créer le navire ce n'est point tisser les toiles, forger les clous, lire les astres, mais bien donner le goût de la mer qui est un, et à la lumière duquel il n'est plus rien qui soit contradictoire mais communauté dans l'amour.

de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine. Citadelle (Illustré) (French Edition) . Alba Longa. Kindle Edition.
October 17, 2020

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