The Little Prince & Georgia
17 July, 2014
The Little Prince & Georgia
In one of my recurrent visions, I saw the flabbergasted Little Prince who was terribly worried about Russia having once again distorted Georgia’s territorial configuration, and the adult folks from Europe and America not having even the slightest clue of the astonishing news, notwithstanding the revealing fact that Russia unquestionably looked bigger, fattier and very much
altered in her external lines.Being a curious traveler and a person of fair judgment, the little Prince had recently made up his mind to make a special trip to an asteroid, called Sakartvelo – internationally referred to as Georgia – before Russia had finally and totally gobbled it up. The Prince only wanted to see how much the border design of Sakartvelo was modified by its big and insatiable neighbor’s occasional peremptory attempts to tailor the tiny asteroid in compliance with her whims and appetites with a presumable intention to finally swallow it like Titan Cronus devoured his children. The miniature but rather significant asteroid is mostly known for its several volcanoes – two treacherously active and the remaining ones more or less dormant for now. The Little Prince has been in Sakartvelo a couple of times before with the purpose of cleaning the volcanoes and weeding out some of the forcefully growing harmful and unwanted seeds and springs that infest the miniscule but fertile asteroid’s soil. The Prince made himself particularly busy with some of the strong and long-living trees, called Biobigs which grow very quickly and have a tendency to cover the whole land. I met the Prince and asked him several naпve and unobtrusive questions about the situation in Sakartvelo but he refrained from responding because he has a strange habit of avoiding directly answering questions that the curious strangers are trying to pose, especially if those strangers are journalists by profession. Living a very busy and eventful life on his own home planet has made the Little Prince extremely precautious, having sounded before me overly precocious regardless his young age. He stayed in Sakartvelo for only a fortnight’s time which, as he said, was quite enough to make several rounds of the asteroid’s remaining territory, part of which, especially the arable lands, were sold out to various aliens who cultivated the newly purchased soil laboriously and with great professionalism. The fact triggered a legitimate question in his inquisitive mind about the aliens being so enthusiastic to buy and cultivate those fruitful lands, and the locals being so lackadaisical about working their own productive soils. The question was never answered because of lack of stable opinion on the subject. It seemed like this lovely asteroid’s population was totally at a loss concerning the situation. And the Little Prince only wanted to talk to local populace because he did not particularly trust the officials and the journalists. He said he was frustrated with them even on his own planet. His trust was mainly eliminated when the asteroid’s officialdom and media told him that the reason for not having enough locally grown roses informed him brashly that the sheep were eating the roses, not leaving alive even the thorns. The Little Prince refused to believe that the innocent and uninterested sheep were capable of annihilating those beautiful roses so massively. He finally understood that the asteroid’s dwellers found it easier and more profitable to import the roses rather than grow them locally.Too bad – he noted thoughtfully! After several encounters with the Little Prince, I noticed that he was getting rather used to my questions and his trust in me was growing too, which encouraged me to make my questions straighter and sharper, and eventually, utterly forgetting about his inborn discretion, he openly divulged his thoughts about the asteroid’s inhabitants. He said that during his inadequately restricted sojourn in Sakartvelo, he had managed to see quite a number of people, among them: certain number of foolish and narrow-minded adults, including the leaders with no real subjects to dwell upon; some outrageously conceited men, who thought too well about themselves but in reality represented zero potential to do good; hard-working beautiful women who still wanted to be ruled by their brainless men who believed themselves the most admirable creatures on the surface of the beautiful asteroid; many drunkards and drug addicts who behaved incongruently in the public; the businessmen who engaged themselves in ceaseless counting of stars and stupidly claiming to own them all; the road servicemen who lighted lamps in the daylight; plenty of reckless drivers and the owners of animals who did not care how their pets behaved in the streets; the historians who flagrantly lied about the past; philosophers who wanted to speak but never made sense; and a lot of jacks of all trades and masters of none. Finally, the Little Prince came across a bunch of people who were perched on the branches Biobig trees and talked together, not listening to each other at all. The Prince concluded that he had for real found himself in a cuckoos’ nest which he had never seen before in his enumerable travels all over the space in search of an ideal spot for retirement. The prince next ran into a very concerned railway switchman who told him frankly that the passengers rushed nonstop from one spot to another aboard trains, never being happy with where they were and not having the slightest idea what they were after. But the good news was that the youth among them looked out of the windows to find out where they happened to be, where they were wanted to be and what was going on in general. Finally, the tragedy became inevitable: the Little Prince found the company of one of the most venomous snakes, living on the asteroid. He needed the snake’s wisdom all the way around the asteroid. And when the Prince came to believe that the people of the asteroid did not know exactly where they were headed for and what they really wanted to achieve, he walked away from me and allowed the viper to bite him, falling without making a sound. The Little Prince saw things clearly with his heart in Sakartvelo because what is essential is invisible to the eye.

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