Remember Mother Goose, The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, Mark Twain, African Folklores, Aesop Fables, The Canterbury Tales and other childhood stories and nursery rhymes?
Can you remember reading and letting your imagination run wild with the stories? Remember actually getting the moral of the story? It dawned on me yesterday that these stories were graphic and cruel to a certain extent. But it taught us a lesson and we developed a conscience in the midst of our childhood learning experience.
Now these days our children have television and images that are readily available without imagination. Their reality has taught them to use what they have learned from tv is to be destructive, cruel, sexual active, etc. The children now have a newfound wisdom that is scary but yet moldable (is that a word?).
The point I am making is, Children now have to make choices alot earlier than we had to as children. Also, these children's creative outlets are limited. As graphic as those fairy tales and nursery rhymes were, hundreds of generations have proven to live through what life had to offer as well the horrors. So the next time you hear that the child committed a horrible crime because he saw it on tv, keep these stories in mind: The Three little pigs (burned the wolf when he climbed down the chimney), Little Red Riding Hood (Wolf ate Grandma), Hanzel and Gretel (the witch fatten up the kids to eat them) and Rock A' Bye Baby.
We didn't even have to go through therapy [img]graemlins/rofl.gif[/img]
[ March 05, 2003, 08:50 AM: Message edited by: DiscoLady ]
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