The book is dedicated to Leone Werth, the author’s best friend. He is poor, he is hungry, he is cold, and he is completely alone. However, he has an unusual quality for an adult: he can understand a book for children! We don’t know his face, but maybe his eyes are as big as his soul. More specifically, the book is dedicated “to Leone Werth when he was a child”. A poor man, and a child inside.
The Economy of Francesco started for the eyes of the poor and from the eyes of a poor man (and a Saint, Saint Francis!). In the letter sent by the Holy Father for the event “Economy of Francesco” (Assisi, March 26th-28th 2020) to young economists and entrepreneurs worldwide, the Pope wrote that “Francis stripped himself of all worldliness in order to choose God as the compass of his life, becoming poor with the poor, a brother to all. His decision to embrace poverty also gave rise to a vision of economics that remains most timely. A vision that can give hope to our future and benefit not only the poorest of the poor, but our entire human family. A vision that is also necessary for the fate of the entire planet, our common home, ‘our sister Mother Earth’, in the words of Saint Francis in his Canticle of the Sun”.
The Little Prince can help us to embrace the eyes of the child alongside the eyes of the poor. Their eyes are complementary. This process can help us to change our views, our minds, and our thinking, exploring in a new way the reality of things, with the purpose of saving our common home, our world. As economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers, we cannot ignore this call.