Snails by Roland Menten
A snail is a small soft creature that moves very slowly and has a hard Shell on his back.
He really admire the way it behaves and he is trying to understand the causes of this social behaviour.
A snail’s slowness is an example to us all, we’re always in a great hurry, we can’t live in the present, the present is burdened too much with the past. It is never our object. The past and the present we use as means. The future only is our end thus we never live, we only hope to live.
Our grand business is not to see what clearly lies at hand.
Let’s write it in our heart that every day is the best day of the year. He believes that a snail takes the time to enjoy the present, that it banishes the future, that it lives only for the hour and its allotted work that it not thinks of the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be obtained ,but that it sets earnestly at its little task, letting that be sufficient for the day.
Let us have our earthly existence, to appreciate what’s warm with life, and immediately around us.
That’s why a little snail can be so great an example for an artist.
René Bouts, Philosopher