The Little Prince: The Essence of Life

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After days of enjoying and reaping the benefits of #SXSW, I finally had the chance to catch up on some movies and the latest news. I came across The Little Prince. While I was initially thinking that this would be a great film for my kids to watch, it turned out to be a great film for me to watch as well.

The Little Prince focuses in on a little girl and her hard working mom. The mom is plagued with the obsessive thoughts of getting her daughter into the top school in the area. After a few setbacks, the mom decides to plot her daughter’s way to success and take control of her days with endless studying and learning. The daughter ends up befriending her neighbour, The Aviator, building a great bond and friendship. The Aviator is an odd character who is seen as weird by most, and also completely out of touch with the rest of the neighbourhood. While becoming friends, The Aviator introduces the daughter to the Little Prince. Introducing the little girl to the Little Prince opens her mind to see what great things can happen when you use your imagination. Along with opening up her imagination she learns to step away from her books. The little girl gets a chance to see how the Little Prince grows up; he begins to lose the essence behind life when he grows up. But he’s able to recapture his creativity and live a happy life again.

If there’s one takeaway from The Little Prince, it’s to not get so lost in our usual 9 to 5 and academic and social standards. Too often in life, we find ourselves trying so hard to get the best grades, having the best house, best car; or just quite honestly trying to fit in with the social norm. What gets lost in the shuffle is what is truly essential in life. The constant phrase that is repeated to the prince is, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye”. In today’s society, we work so hard to get things that are in front of us and only seen with our eyes that we lose track of the things that are much more essential in life. Live life being happy, and don’t let anybody else determine what is essential to your life and your own happiness.

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Restaurant Stereotypes

Do we judge a book by it’s cover when it comes to restaurants?

Yes, I’d have to say that it’s something I was guilty of and I’m sure I’m not the last and not the first person to have done this before.  In terms of judging restaurants,  I’m talking about when you’re attempting to try out a new place in town and find out that it’s run by someone other than the ethnicity of the type of food style that is being served.

While we live in a day and age where we want to be politically correct and avoid social pain, we as a society do have stereotypes when it comes to restaurants.  When it comes to restaurants, we expect Thai or Hmong people to make Thai food, Chinese people to make Chinese food, Mexicans to make Mexican food, etc… The moment that we try out a place where someone other than who you would expect to be running the restaurant is there,  we assume the food won’t be as great or that it might be lowered down in terms of the taste of each dish.

The truth of the matter is that if someone who is Caucasian and is running an Asian restaurant or vice versa,  we put up our guard and expect the worst out of the restaurant and stereotype the place.  Without even getting our food, we assume that the food might not be that great. 

I personally have gone through this experience.  When I first moved down to Austin, I was really craving some sushi and wanted to try out a place based off the great Yelp! ratings that it received. When I walked in I was completely caught off guard.  What I thought was a Japanese sushi restaurant was run by a mix of Caucasian and Asian adults. While eating away at my appetizers and sushi,  I was blown away.  The food was absolutely delicious and much better than most places that I’ve been to before.

In conclusion,  the moral of the story and topic is to not judge a book by it’s cover.