The Alchemist (Coelho)

Why did Santiago have to go on the journey before discovering the treasure?

Why must he got through everything and endanger his life before discovering his treasure?

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Santiago's aim isn't the destination rather than the journey. To understand the tresure he must first understand himself. For Santiago to achieve this enlightenment, he must first go through conflict and suffering. Nothing of any consequence comes without sacrifice and learning.