View from the Ark of the Catholic Times introduces the readers to a parish priest's reminiscences of his love of books during his early years of schooling. He remembers the joy of reading and would read everything that came his way. Comic books introduced him to the fanciful and the world of imagination.
Books on great men gave
him a longing for the impossible (?) and the classics and literature as a
whole such as Ivan Turgenev's First Love allowed him to dream. During the 80s
when the society was chaotic, he read Korean history. Since there was no
object or reason for the reading it was a smorgasbord. He
was young and not able to connect what he read with the life he
If there was one thing that he learned
later on from his reading was that not everything that hits the eyes is
all that there is. Many are the books that left him with an
understanding of life and one in particular was The Little Prince by
Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
With money life is
comfortable. Science and civilization have modernized our lives, machines
have advanced greatly our way of living and made it comfortable.
Buildings are tall and strong. Traveling with computers we live with
illusion and the way smart phones are evolving is difficult for us to
imagine. Schools of higher learning are being build continually,
increasing the educational level of the citizens. The GNP continues to
rise but so also has the debt of the citizens.
Development of the country has been great but young people find it difficult
to find work. We give a number index to even some of the highest values
in life. Profit is a standard for our society. Materialism and wealth are
put at the center. Technology has become so omnipresent
that without machinery at our disposal we can do little. Money is what makes everything work together.
that looks good on the outside is also good to eat is a phrase from the past. What we can't see, the tendency is not to want to see: life,
dignity, respect, love, faith, truth, justice, friendship, sharing, authenticity, purity, and the like.
He concludes his
article with a meditation on the words of the fox to the prince at the end of the fable. The fox gave the prince a
very simple secret to remember: "you are only able to see correctly
with the heart, what is essential is invisible to the eyes." The prince not wanting to forget what he
heard repeated to himself: "What is important you do not see with the