“…one of the most important facets of fairytales is that they hold up a ‘Mirror of scorn and pity towards Man.’” Joseph Pearce’s How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Middle-Earth to Reveal Who We Are from Memoria Press points out an interesting parallel that can be drawn from Tolkien’s most famous work.
Finer Femininity presents another excellent lesson, this from Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Father Jacques Phillipe. Patience Towards Others is a short piece that serves as a reminder to maintain patience with those around us; we are human beings and such a reminder is rarely gratuitous.
“Fairy Tales…” Does that phrase put a classic picture of prosperity, luxury and perfection into your mind? Carolynn Estis writes for Catholic Insight, Life is Not a Fairy Tale, an article that might have you thinking twice before using that term again to describe how you want your life to be. “The idea that fairy tales are all happiness is very prevalent in American society. People cling to the idea of ‘happy endings’ and forget everything that came before it.”