Monday, September 18, 2006

Thanks Due to Dr. Thursday

Thank you Dr. Thursday for so beautifully handling this blog and stimulating such great conversations while I was taking a break.

To those of you who prayed for me, thank you. God is good, and I am fine.

To those of you who love Dr. Thurday's posts, he will be posting still on Thursdays (naturally), and you can also read his own blog.

Meanwhile, as I contemplate fairy stories, I will leave you with this thought:

"I find that there really are human beings who think fairy tales bad for
children. I do not speak of the man in the green tie, for him I can
never count truly human. But a lady has written me an earnest letter
saying that fairy tales ought not to be taught to children even if they
are true. She says that it is cruel to tell children fairy tales, because it
frightens them. You might just as well say that it is cruel to give girls
sentimental novels because it makes them cry. This kind of talk is
based on that complete forgetting of what a child is like which has
been the firm foundation of so many educational schemes. If you kept
bogies and goblins away from children they would make them up for
themselves. One small child in the dark can invent more hells than
Swedenborg. One small child can imagine monsters too big and black
to get into any picture, and give them names too unearthly and
cacophonous to have occurred in the cries of any lunatic. The child,
to begin with, commonly likes horrors, and he continues to indulge in
them even when he does not like them. There is just as much
difficulty in saying exactly where pure pain begins in his case, as
there is in ours when we walk of our own free will into the
torture-chamber of a great tragedy. The fear does not come from fairy
tales; the fear comes from the universe of the soul."

G.K.Chesterton in Tremendous Trifles, as essay called The Red Angel

4 comments:

  1. It's good to have you back. Glad you're feeling better!

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  2. Glad to have you back, Nancy, and in good health. :-)

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