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June 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm
Understanding this story gives a whole new twist to the word "narcissism". I believe there is a Narcissus in all of us. Don't we love to see our reflection is our works of art, and more prominently in our own children? When we travel, don't we delight to meet our own countrymen for we see in them, a reflection of ourselves and delight again in the familiar?
Isn't that all part of human nature?
Taking it a step further...Why did God create the world but to see his own truth, beauty and goodness reflected? Isn't that a wonderful thing?
So there is a light side (soul) to Narcissus although his shadow side (ego) has long been overemphasized.
So let us bring compassion into all this and admit that seeing the reflections of self bring us joy for without them, we would be lonely souls and turn bitter or salty, just like the lake.
We are wired to connect, to love and be loved...that is just the way it is. C'est la vie!
June 24, 2013 at 8:12 am
glad to be in contact with you
August 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm
i love your comment doris, very well said.
May 9, 2014 at 12:56 am
Excellent post, Doris.
June 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm
The legend flows like poetry today and I noticed for the first time, that the author of the book The Alchemist was reading had created a different, beautiful ending. Thank you, Great day to everyone!
June 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm
Everything around us is a reflection of who we are.
Jeremy Irons has such a beautiful voice....
June 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm
Jeremy has beautiful everything!!
August 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm
Such a beautiful and sad story.
August 20, 2013 at 3:20 pm
Discovered this book and author about 12 years ago and it had a profound impact at that time. Still does.
June 24, 2013 at 8:15 pm
It only takes one minute and 33 seconds to listen to this beautiful passage from Paulo Coelho's magical book "the Alchemist". I have my son Ben Goldberg to thank for making me discover this author. <3
June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am
j'ai apprécié cet auteur il y a déjà un bail ! bcp d'autres à découvrir ! je t'embrasse fort .
June 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm
Asha Achy Joseph:
June 23, 2013 at 5:01 am
What a lovely story!
June 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm
I recently read The Alchemist, and just loved this version of The Story of Narcissus. It is only 1.21 minutes and is read by Jeramy Irons. I encourage you to watch it...this has a beautifully, very different ending.
June 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm
Excellent!! I received it as a gift and it was all consuming.
June 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm
beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
June 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm
its a beautiful story :)
Era Aquino Baldovino:
June 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm
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August 11, 2013 at 2:49 am
I looked at my beautiful self in you and got infatuated, addicted.
That is how i NEED someone.
June 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm
Now more than ever I understand but most important, can see how beautiful and a bit sad this story is.
A world full of Narcisses would mean a world full of wonderful flowers.
June 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm
Wonderful. What makes it even more wonderful is the fact that it's read by Jeremy Irons.
June 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm
I lovethe 10,000 Narcissus that the Garden Club of America planted in Central Park, NY!
Keryma Briceño Neff:
June 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm
I think I have Heard that story before......Oscar Wilde? Give the proper credits.......
June 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm
It's from ancient greek mythology.
Michel Navarro Benatti:
June 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm
Its from Oscar Wilde "the Disciple". Its Oscar Wild´s version for the myth of Narcissus, Keryma is correct. Paulo included that version in the Alchemist, as he was admired with it. You can look for the book and see it there.
June 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm
wonderful..i bought the whole audiobook... paulho his magic & jeremy's...
June 22, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Thank you , I Love Bouth .. The author and The actor :).
But I ASK Myself ... what about ISSUS ?
June 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm
! Mirenla Con El Baron !!!...Quien No Ame a Ese Baron !!!...En Este Mundo es Xq No Sabe Leer !!!...Para Poder Ver !!!...Con Sus Propios (OjO)s !!!...Lo Q Lo Escribio EL Poeta !!!...en Su Libro " El Alquimista " !!!...Ni Mucho Menos Lo Q dijo El Actor !!!...Cuando Mas Va Amar Al Autor !!!...es Cuando Lea " El Manuscrito del Accra " !!!...
June 22, 2013 at 1:04 pm
What a lovely voice Jeremy Iron has. Nice story too.
Galo Ivan Andrade Chacon:
June 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm
June 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm
so, there were 2 of them...
June 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm
June 29, 2013 at 12:21 am
Everything around us is a reflection of who we are. Everything is beautiful in it`s own way. We are all Narcissus to a certain degree. Lovely Legend. Greek Mythology. Paulo Coelho, one of my top five favorite Authors of all time. I highly recommend his literature.
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