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What's wrong with fairy tales?

Posted 07-28-2009 at 02:33 AM by Torikakae
Remember when we were young, when our parents used to tell us bedtime stories on how good deeds go rewarded? How true love conquers all? Or how evil will always be punished? And then we soon drift away into a peaceful slumber as we fantasize on the paradise we will live in when we grow up.



Whatever happened to that?



Why do adults feel that they have to lie to their children about how the world really is? Good deeds often go unnoticed, or worse, punished. Deceit and manipulation is what makes the world go round. If we try to believe in the ideologies that we learned as children, we are called "naive, innocent, foolish, and stupid". I don't deny that the world is a cruel place to live in, but then why do you just not tell us about it in the first place?

Is it to preserve our innocence? What good will that do? Being "innocent" as an adult is demeaning, so why even bother to preserve it when we're kids? Is it because we're only kids once and you want us to enjoy our childhood? That reason is acceptable I guess. Before we are bombarded with the responsibilities of being an adult, we have these short couple of years to enjoy being worry-free. So maybe only at this time we could enjoy the luxury of an ideal fairy-tale world.

Then why can we not continue this dream even as we grow older? Can we not hold onto our ideals at this stage? Is it really that difficult to believe that good triumphs over evil even as adults? Do we have to lose our "innocence" to grow up? People might say that you can't survive in the "real" world with this fantasy mind. That the world, in reality, is not this "fantasy" we were told as children, that this "fantasy" is pure folly, that this "fantasy" will not fill your stomachs. Then the opposite is true? Will evil fill my stomach? Do I have to do wrong to survive? Perhaps....perhaps that is the sad truth.

But that goes back to my original question? Why do you tell us sweet lies only to slap us in the face with the truth? Maybe....maybe deep down everyone still believes in fairy tales. We hope that someday, the lessons and morals we learned from fairy tales would actually happen in reality. We all wish for that paradise world. But if that is the case, then the only way to even partially achieve that is to hold on to our "innocence". A part of us should still believe in fairy tales, should still believe how endeavors will be rewarded, on how cruelty will be punished, on how that despite all odds, there is still hope. Without this "innocence", then we subject ourselves to this sad cycle of this cruel reality.



I don't want to lose my innocence. I still believe that there's hope. And in a sense, I still believe in fairy tales. Call me childish and naive if you wish, but that is no longer an insult to me. Though I understand that reality will always strike me down, I know that I cannot bring my ideal fantasy to life if I don't even try to hold on to the childhood I always loved.

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  1. Shiki's Avatar
    the privilege of being a kid?
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    Posted 08-08-2009 at 03:18 AM by Shiki Shiki is offline
  2. Guiles's Avatar
    Herro.

    The ideals are there for comparison. When you do grow up, you'll have a greater sense of what's right and what's wrong, thanks to these stories your parents tell you. You must have been a hella perceptive kid, cause most kids don't "drift off to sleep fantasizing about their future fantasy life." Most kids just smile, go to sleep, and wake up the next day looking for the next fun thing to do.
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    Posted 08-13-2009 at 07:35 AM by Guiles Guiles is offline
    Updated 08-13-2009 at 07:38 AM by Guiles
  3. xTakayama's Avatar
    I lurkd 8D.

    Wow I can totally relate to this. As a 21 year old, I still believe in fantasy-like things. Maybe because I'm influenced by too much animes and Korean/Japanese drama.

    My friends often calls me childish but I don't really care cause' It's where I am happy and I'm not gonna change just for them, durr. Oh I can always remember whenever they tease me, I would just say "blah, blah" and they would reply "So childish, are you kid?" but the funny thing about that is when I'm the one teasing them they would just go over near and punch me, it's like they're acting like a sore-loser, yep they hate losing. That's what I hate in their part.

    People often misunderstands me... but I do not care. If I'm living in this world with a fantasy-like-dream-which-i-turned-into-reality so be it. It's not like that I don't know what's happening in our world, It's just that I wanted to remain innocent in this so called reality ;3
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    Posted 12-15-2009 at 06:30 PM by xTakayama xTakayama is offline
 
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