My mom is out of town for the weekend and was undable to bring her computer along with her so she’s asked me to write for the next couple of days. I know I am not as charismatic of a writer as she is but I hope I can do a decent job. A recent topic that I have read and discussed was the concept of fairy tales, why they are created, loved and retold.
We all have been told fairy tales of some kind through out our lives; The Golden Goose, The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty, and Rumpelstiltskin. Albert Einstein once said that “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales”. The purpose of fairy tales are to teach lessons; lessons about life, about relationships and choices. They teach us the basics about human nature by showing them in examples. Fairy tales were originally created for this purpose, to detail principles that were being taught.
We love fairytales as children because they are fantastic, magical and transport the imagination far before the reality of today. Yet now we enjoy fairy tales for different reasons, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” (Neil Gaiman). We learn that to create or to achieve our happily ever after, we need to go through the trials it takes to get there. Here are some of the lessons which they teach us that can apply to our lives.
1. There are trials you need to got through to receive your happy ending
2. The importance of decisions and the consequences of them
3. “There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.” (G.K. Chesterton)
4. Similarly, love can be a powerful tool
5. Time can be a healer, a teacher, and a motivator