Fairytale Monsters

As a frequent, if sometimes unwilling, watcher of current cartoons I have had lots of time to think about the underlying social commentary cartoons afford.  For instance, today’s “Super Why” (a reading program) featured an ogre.  He wasn’t a real monster, just “different” – and misunderstood.  While I have no problem trying to help children learn compassion, I do think society’s gone too far.  There are lots of monsters in all the old fairytales, and usually the stories helped teach discernment (wolf in granny’s clothing) among other things.  Nowadays it may look like a monster, act like a monster, feel like a monster – but it’s just “different” not wrong.  Yet there are monsters out there, and our children should learn that and learn how to deal with them.  Simply telling them “Don’t talk to strangers” is a like giving a broad-spectrum antibiotic for the common cold – ineffective and potentially dangerous.  I personally have no problem with a cartoon featuring a real monster as long as it’s not there for “gratuitous violence” – ie just to scare the socks off the kids and keep them riveted to the tv – but there to help them learn that there are wolves out there that would like to eat them, and they need to be wise in who they talk to and trust.  Not “stranger danger!” designed to keep them paranoid but wisdom and discernment.  Monsters do have something to teach us, after all.  Run!  =D

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About nathankathy

Nathan and Katherine Born are two Christians trying to serve God as best they can.
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