Of a child that goes on a field trip with his classmates, and suddenly finds a snail. His best friend goes up to him and shows an interest in what he is doing.
The boy says to his friend "One sec, one sec...", hides the snail in his shirt fold and runs towards his classmates. He runs towards his classmates, leaving his best friend behind on a small hill on the horizon.
There, in front of his classmates, the boy drew the snail from his shirt folds and revealed it to the children. Glowing from their expressed wonder and attention, he feels for a moment that he and the snail have become one entity.
And what about his best friend?
He stands on the far hill. Looks at the point where the snail was resting on the stem a moment earlier and dreams to be there in his place.
Then he directed his back to his classmates and stood silently in the wind. Stood without understanding why his friendly interest is less valuable than the one of the whole classmate.
Well, we all need to have some kind of surround recognition, and when we have the possibility to have it from a person which has an intimacy with us- no matter how much he wants to contribute his attention, some of us will prefer a quantitative recognition.
Sometimes, with no matter of the quality of it.
Therefore, already in our childhood, we ran with the same snail hidden in our shirt.
We ran with all our force and yearn to expose it to the crowd."
From "The Snail".