Prologue

“That’s a nice hat!”

That’s what the grown-ups said in The Little Prince written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, when they saw the drawing that the child who grew up to be the pilot drew of a boa constrictor that had swallowed an elephant. From the child’s perspective, he had drawn a boa constrictor, but looking at it from their own perspective, grown-ups concluded that it was a drawing of a hat.

Would there ever be a grown-up who figures out that the drawing is of a boa constrictor that swallowed an elephant? Nonetheless, the child’s drawing was that of a boa constrictor. Naturally, the child with his idea of a boa constrictor and the grown-up with his or her idea of a hat have a huge communication gap; consequently, there are limits to ...

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