Wes Callihan: Stories Are a Bootcamp for Life

“We read them these stories, which are imitations of the real life that they will encounter more when they grow up, because when they’re young we want them to learn what pity and terror and other emotions feel like without being faced with the thing immediately and all the demands on us for action….We can reflect on and meditate on the events and the emotions in our own souls that are raised.”

Wise words from our beloved Great Books tutor, Wes Callihan:

You will find some related thoughts in my post Dragons and Safe Spaces.

The Story of Golden Locks by Joseph Guy Seymour, 1870

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