I read this yesterday. If you’ve done the same, and you’d care to discuss it, remind me about it sometime over cocktails.
To begin that loaded conversation, bring an answer to the following question, which I’ve phrased a few different ways:
What is more important in Life: having a dream that does come true, or having a dream that can come true? Is it the fulfillment that matters, or is it the dream itself that keeps us alive? Is it about the kill, or the chase?
Therein lies the philosophical difference between Santiago and the crystal merchant, and what I believe to be the proverbial backbone of the entire piece. Decide which rationale you identify with more, and we’ll go from there.
That one should take all night.