In Defense of Fairy Tales

March 27, 2015 2:53 PM

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In Defense of Fairy Tales

The other day I saw the first half of an Albert Einstein quote: "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent..." At this point the quote was cut off, and of course my mind went to something like "read math books!" or how about "read the newspaper!" But no, I found out later it ends with this shocker: "read more fairy tales." Yes, that's THE Albert E=mc2 Einstein. Same one.

The intelligentsia often dismiss fairy tales as unimportant or as bad examples that create unrealistic expectations of love and teach women to desire to be rescued rather than rescue themselves. You've heard all the criticisms if you've hung out with anyone who's ever been to college.

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