Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: Prince, who built the Citadel
Today is the birthday of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. But very few people know that he was not only the author of the "Little Prince". He was a Nietzschean, who eventually found the God.
June 29, 1900 was born a man who left us a real miracle - "The Little Prince". However, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is much more than the author of the book.
First of all, he is a real warrior. He devoted almost all his life to aviation. He first met the sky at the age of 12 - and fell in love with him for life.
The military pilot survived several air crashes, repeatedly got into extreme situations, but never complained. Saint-Exupéry voluntarily went to the front during the Second World War, explaining this simply: "I am obliged to participate in this war. Everything I love is under threat."
"I chose the job for maximum wear," he wrote, "I just wish that this vile war ended before I get up like a candle in a stream of oxygen." I have something to do after it. "
July 31, 1944 Saint-Exupéry flew from the Borgo airfield on Corsica in reconnaissance flight and ... did not return.
Most people are not familiar with the real Saint-Exupéry. Read his main work - "Citadel", and you will be surprised to meet a real Nietzschean philosopher.
Through the incredible agony of St. Exupéry searches for deadlock solutions "God is dead." And unlike Nietzsche, he finds it.
It is important that Saint-Exupéry was born in the year of Nietzsche's death, and belongs to the next generation - those who saw world wars and saw the "Overman".
At that time there were other concepts close to Nietzscheanism - "The Bead Game" by Hesse, "The Magic Mountain" by Thomas Mann. They also had the idea of selecting the strongest of the best. But only Saint-Exupery (mainly thanks to the "Little Prince") was the closest to the mass reader.
Realizing how much pain there is in the world, how much people are imperfect, the writer takes upon himself the impossible task - Do not wait for God to do everything for people, but point them at the stars.
The writer understood the main thing: the meaning is only in the world where there is God and love.
Man must come true
People do not have value. Their task is to work daily, "not receiving, but giving," claimed Saint-Exupéry.
The greatest thing a man can dare on earth is to come true. "You're looking for meaning in life, but its only meaning is that you finally come true."
To come true means to go beyond the narrow-minded limits and prove that the world is more important than you. That the life should not be comfortable, but full of constant challenges to which you must answer.
"Never expose your weaknesses," - says Saint-Exupéry - "Do not complain. The world is huge, it is terrible and wonderful - be grateful".
"I do not recognize the rights of the poorest, the rights of his abscesses, honored by him as a deity," the author writes, recalling how many beggars do not want to get out of their situation. "They boasted to each other with their sores, boasted of their daily alms."
This is an important lesson. Now we are taught to be victims - to repent, to arrange demonstrative viktimbleming, to give priority to minorities. But this is not the norm. And Saint-Exupéry didin't hesitate to talk about this.
The real miracles make no noise
It is said that in the prayers of the pilot was such a request: "Lord, I'm not asking for miracles or about mirages, but about the strength for each day. Teach me the art of small steps."
We are already living. There are both joys and losses, but all this is a miracle. After all, "The real miracles make no noise, and the most important events are very simple," reminds our pilot on the pages of "Letters to the Hostage".
Everything goes away into eternity, and man prepares for his whole life to meet the Lord. "And if in vibrations and changes you feel yourself a branch that is indelible from the olive tree, then the changes will have a taste of eternity" ...