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On Fairy Tales and the Moral Imagination: The Pedagogy of Story

Vigen Guroian

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These are troubling times for our children. We have witnessed a precipitous decline of morality in our youth and experienced chilling outbreaks of violence committed by them. Yet raising issues of safety or protection alone does not get to the root of what is the matter--the moral imaginations of our children have been neglected and are being crippled.

Often human beings, children and grown-ups alike, do the morally wrong thing not because their reason has failed them but because they lack the imaginative powers to relate a particular circumstance to the whole scope of their lives. If the Jewish and Christian scriptures are even halfway true, our lives are involved in a drama that decides our destiny--the loss of a sense of that drama obscures the truth of our existence and diminishes our humanity. The twentieth century Southern writer Flannery O'Connor captured the implications of a withered moral imagination when she wisely observed: "Where there is no belief in the soul there is very little drama."

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