Quote: Longing

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the sea.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

I’m not sure why this quote stuck with me. My mom used to read The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, to me when I was younger, so it’s always had a place in my heart. I guess when I read this quote, I thought about how we teach and educate. It seems to me that much of the time, we are assigning tasks and work, rather than inspiring something inside of people, that creates a longing for something more.

So how do we teach longing? Maybe by nurturing innate abilities in the individual? Don’t tell people that they have dumb questions, don’t discourage exploration, don’t discourage people’s desires to learn when they are younger. Let people make mistakes, explore, discover, ask questions, and find their passion. If we could do that, would the world be a better place, where instead of standing around waiting to be told what to do or doing only the tasks assigned, we’d all be longing for the sea.

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