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Note that although Santiago is not looking to understand the language of the world

Note that although Santiago is not looking to understand the language of the world

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Note that although Santiago is not looking to understand the language of the world, he is  inadvertently learning to do so. While his own quest is towards his Personal Legend and thus a  buried treasure, the simple Spanish shepherd boy cannot help but start to become one with the  universe. He does so by traveling through worlds that are new to him (Tangier, the Sahara), and by observing  a new religion (Islam) and new peoples (Arabs and Africans). As Santiago tells the Englishman, still  lost in his books in the midst of the desert, "You should pay more attention to the caravan . . . We  make a lot of detours, but we're always heading for the same destination." In talking to Santiago about his experiences at the crystal shop, the Englishman makes a statement  that is central to  The Alchemist 's philosophy — that "the earth is alive . . . and it has a soul. We are 
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