Coelho’s Alchimist journey in midst of global pandemics

Philosophical essay on Coelho’s master piece’The Alchemist’ depicting a lonely shepherd, a devout dreamer who, despite all the challenges and obstacles…much like Pandemic situation today, never relinquished or gave in, even when hope were slim and dream started to fade away….

mountain journey in Balkans credit photo; the Author

Search of a hidden treasure!…during the journey he got to know himself, and the meaning of life…to quote the author, the dialogue between Santiago and Alchimist in midst of desert chasing the dream…….. ‘Don’t think about what you’ve left behind,” the alchemist said to the boy as they began to ride across the sands of the desert. “Everything is written in the Soul of the World, and there it will stay forever”

Just as we had the chance to dig deep, within our thoughts while quarantined indoors, facing a new reality…that we only could have experienced it in our wildest dreams or, while watching a Hollywood’s sci-fi movies….

‘The Alchemist’book cover by Paolo Coelho:credit amazon.com
The Alchemist: cover credit amazon.com

On his epic journey, shepherd Santiago, paths ways with old sage Melchizedek, who claims to be the King of Salem, while Santiago sees him as a weird old man, living in the small Spanish city of Tarifa…

Although he appears only briefly in the novel, Merchidizek has an inspiring role, setting the path of Santiago’s journey, guiding him through vital concepts of life, importance of consistency and compassion upon the path ahead, by encouraging him to overcome any challenges he may face, and under no circumstance give up hope or motivation to move on, no matter what!…

Every time he spoke excitedly, a golden amulet sparked from his chest, mesmerizing Santiago, thinking in silence, that the ‘King of Salem’ is not just an old man, otherwise how the golden amulet and wisdom lectures on meaning of life can come up with such an insights…this only made the whole role and enigma of Melchidezek even more intriguing…

Despite the conversations and instructions, the Santiago’s journey continues on discovering the treasured dream …another turning point of his journey is, when he meets the Englishman, who himself is in the road to the discovery of the lost treasure, (which he called his mission to become an alchemist), their journey aligns perfectly towards final destination….Egypt!

During the long journey….the Englishman tells him stories from his past, as well as conclusions from the literature on the force of magic that possess the philosophical stone and the elixir of Life….(as he listens, he has the magic stones urim and thummim on his bag….given to him by king of ‘Salem’)…as the Englishman was a chemist on his way to meet the magician, who allegedly was in Egypt, on his quest to learn the craft of Alchemist, from the magician himself…..this great story inspires even more Santiago to seek the Spirit of the Universe, preached by both the Melchizedek and the Englishman.…

subconscious art; credit;heal.com
The visionary alchemist credit;pinterest.com

To that end, as a silver lining from the current pandemic outbreak, how did each one of us do, during this time…and did we reflected on core life fundamentals;

· Character

· Compassion

· Care…

· and love as human virtue…

To give and receive at the same time….so that we can wholeheartedly seek the magic of the Universe as a reward after!.….to quote the ending lines;

“You are almost at the end of your journey,” said the alchemist. “I congratulate you for having pursued your destiny.”

Did we really dig deep, as Santiago did looking under the tree of dreams and opportunities to find the hidden treasure….but instead found the secret of life…hence we need to fully commit, act and cultivate hope, gratitude & compassion, that better days will come, and we all are, on a journey of our life…towards the awakening!

Fintech heterodox & Innovation writer/ Author (SALFORD/ IFLAS Alumnus)