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What are we really supposed to learn from fairy tales?


Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s ok to make crazy stupid decisions as long as it ends with you breaking into a private home, stealing, and murdering the home owner.


Beautiful hair is the only thing that can save you from a dreary life at home.

Red Riding Hood

I have no idea, don’t be unable to distinguish between wolves and your grandmother?

The Frog Prince

Kissing frogs leads to interesting visions.

The Gingerbread man

Parenthood leads to disillusionment and abandonment. You’ll be overly controlling leading your children to flee and everyone in the world will compete to devour them until a sly fox tricks your child and eats him.

The Pied Piper

Pay your exterminator or he’ll murder your children.


Coming of age as represented by Pinocchio clearly parallels the same story arc as the loss of innocence in the allegorical elements of the garden of Eden. Pinocchio cannot gain knowledge of good and evil until he partakes of the fruit of knowledge. Leading him invariably to failure, sin, and learning. Without his journey Pinocchio could not prove himself and become a real boy, just as Adam and Eve could not fulfill their mission to replenish the earth until leaving the garden.

What are we really supposed to learn from fairy tales?
Posted Wednesday, April 2, 2014
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