The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and, for children, it’s tiresome always giving them explanations…

“Exact. We have to ask everyone what everyone can give”, resumed the king. Authority based on reason. If you order your people to throw themselves into the sea, they would make the revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.”

Men occupy very little space on Earth. If the two billion people who inhabit the Earth stood up and a little tight, as for a meeting, they would be easily accommodated in a public square of twenty miles long and twenty miles wide. We could cram humanity on the smallest island in the Pacific.