The scene takes place in small primary school class in a distant city. A pretty little girl just arrived from her far away land, wretch in the class since the beginning of the year, completely lost, eyes dull, hanging lip, she understands nothing.
The teacher tries to seduce her, to sit next to her, nothing, and nothing ever. One day, the teacher goes back again and sites next to the little girl and commits her to write, like her friends. And nothing, still nothing, then she said: “Do me a favour, try. You have heard of Cinderella. Start by writing a single word, for example the word “king” with an K, an I, an N, an G.”
Still nothing dull eyes. And now, suddenly the little fingers grasp the sheet of paper and the pencil from the hands of the teacher. She stands up and suddenly starts to write on the paper: the king, the king, the king, ten, twenty times, her knees tremble, she stutters and says as she writes: “I know! I can! I know! I can! “Suddenly, her eyes sparkling with tears, still shocked, she throws the paper on the lap of the mistress, she raises her hands and kissed the teacher sobbing.
Voilà, that’s coming out of illiteracy. It is the door through which she has passed and it clearly defines the teaching profession. What is the teaching profession? This is the one that causes this sudden joy. It is that which gives the ecstasy and sovereign joy that may, perhaps, be compared to orgasm.
Now I must confess that I am also illiterate. Imagine being in Japan, in China, in Russia, one cannot read the street names, one cannot read newspapers. In general any trip abroad or in a new business, exposes the inability to read or understand a particular script. And the world of writing is a world of fantastic attraction. Take a beautiful landscape and put a written poster, nobody looks at the landscape anymore and everyone looks at the writing.
Well, now I’ll tell you what an analyst is: it is someone who spotted the door that just passed the little girl. She went from one side to the other, like Alice in Wonderland, from illiteracy to literacy. And an analyst wants to locate the doors and go to the other side precisely because he wants to help the business to pass as many doors as possible by applying a different questioning.
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