When I was in my twenties, fascinated by the novels of St Exupéry, I bought Citadel. What was my disappointment in finding that it was not an action novel, but an essay in philosophy. It was not until around the fiftieth page that I "hooked". I then discovered, sentence by sentence, that this was an extraordinary book, a sum, his posthumous work, as he himself called it. Thus, his observations on love and the couple, brought me providential help at a moment of great uncertainty in my life. Subsequently, and since then, I have sought to pursue, to deepen these messages imbued with wisdom for each moment of life (conflicts, illness, friendship, suffering...). « The fact of having read little allowed me to fully assimilate my few readings. Some, by revealing my deep convictions, immediately transformed my life in the most concrete way. » (Gandhi)
If I gathered on this site so many messages from my friend St Ex, as I now call him, it is because with Citadel , he helped me, and he showed me that with words we could help, even beyond death.
"For me, Citadelle is a Bible and Saint-Exupéry an unknown prophet." comments a reader on https://unmultiple.wordpress.com.Another reader replied:"Everyone agreed on considering Saint-Exupéry as a prophet. He is an awakened, inspired, and deeply loving soul… After the first few pages, I got used to [the particular style], and reading gave me a lot of Joy."
I was happy to read this praise for my friend, but I didn't agree. A prophet is a man who came to pass on the word of God. But Saint-Exupéry says it himself:
« I had not touched God, but a god who allows himself to be touched is no longer a god. »
For me, Saint-Exupéry was more than a divine intermediary. He remained a man. An
sparing nothing to share everything with his fellows, including suffering, fear, wanderings. His sensitivity and his exceptional gift of observation were constantly on the alert to understand us and help us even beyond death ("It's my posthumous work!" he said of Citadelle where he summarized the notes of the notebook that never left him).
Saint-Exupéry left, not a Bible whose interpretation would divide, but texts of great elevation.
« I come with my power which is not to demonstrate anything to you according to your language, because the contradictions which tear you apart are hopeless. But simply to take you on a walk where footsteps follow each other, sit on the mountain from where your disputes are resolved and let yourself make your own truth. »
Contributions by Saint-Exupéry on the theme of:
Life, everyday life, suffering, despair
The way, the awakening, the meditation, the purpose of life
Love, relationship, children
Death, the afterlife, contacts, suicide...