Fairy tales and the truthSubmitted by runforron on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 12:15
Grimm's fairy tales are horrible stories. A boy and a girl are left to die in the woods by their parents only to be caught by a witch who wants to cook them alive. A girl on her way to Grandma's house finds a waiting hungry wolf. A miller cuts off his daughter's hands for the devil. Hundreds of horrible stories and it's not only Grimm's fairy tales- Aesop's fables, nursery rhymes and even the bible have stories of pure evil as lessons. Why throughout recorded history have people told each other the basest, most objectionable parts of human nature to convey lessons about the world?
I have read almost every book of Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" series. He repeats a common theme through most of them-simple lessons reap big rewards. The same simple lessons found in fairy tales his Rich Dad, a man with only a middle school education, learned. His rich dad and Robert Kiyosaki became multimillionaires using these simple lessons as a reflection of our real world. They built their houses of brick (metaphorically), went slow to win the race (metaphorically), and doubted even their grandmother because she might be a wolf (metaphorically).
The truth is our world is filled with monsters, power corrupts-absolute power corrupts absolutely and the only way to fight is show the emperor wears no clothes. Until we start learning lessons telling us about human nature we'll be living in a real world Grimm's nightmare.