In the Emperor’s New Clothes, The Emperor was somehow convinced that the cloth the conmen were making, was extraordinarily special. Colorful and sturdy. Now, we could say that the power of decisions that he made were stranded in a limbo fallacy.
Mirrors have always been doorways to insights. Narcissus was perhaps overly consumed with his image but, we do need to dissect and understand ourselves to grow. A mirror also is a path to the imagination. The Emperor was not able to see his own nakedness. He believed the illusion.
With all the conflicting points of view that exist in our world of speedy communication, how could we not be frustrated and confused. And perhaps encouraged to take the path of least resistance.
The parable of nakedness is also a dilemma. A Puritanical concept is, any semblance of nudity is not encouraged, but are we supposed to accept everyone’s need to be heard on their point of view?
In the Garden of Eden, Eve and Adam were shamed into covering up. For some, the eyes, and what they interpret have more value than hearing stories that are told with absolute conviction and maybe some duplicitousness. In the end both sight and sound need a delicate transparency.
The wisdom of the snake entices Eve as the serpent does in “The Little Prince”. The healthy apple in Snow White is tainted by the evil narcissistic queen.
A metaphysical thought, is that “death” takes us home. The snakes on the caduceus of modern medicine reminds us that the poison is also the cure. The Prince certainly sees a few of the misguided characteristics, greed, conceit, ignorance. The vain and selfish rose, whose life is ephemeral, is what the Prince wishes to return to. The love he feels for her is what makes him special. Does this lead to, too much knowledge is a deadly thing? Or only the pure of heart can embrace perfection?
The fox becomes his consciousness and shows him the love that is unique and special. To see with the heart, is the prominent message. Certainly the polarity of conflicting facts leads to intellectual breakdown. Opening the heart does not.
June 29 is “Little Prince” day. St Exupery’s birthday.