Saturday, 9 January 2010

Do not base decisions on questionable traditions (Part 3 of 3)


Is it then a surprise that her books continue to delight millions around the world? As soon as a kid reads a volume of the Famous Five, he is hooked and won't stop until he gets hold of the complete series. Blyton's work creates the same fascination in young girls, who constitute 50% of the protagonists of her novels.

The conclusion is unmistakable: readers, especially children, love stories whose main characters show purpose and resourcefulness, independence and entrepreneurship. Let me also underline that Enid Blyton's books are remarkably non-violent. Physical aggression rarely plays a role in her stories, which focus more on the development of courage and self-reliance.

Will you follow the same principles the next time that you have to make an important decision? Let yourself be inspired by Blyton's stories and learn from her characters how to face life courageously. This is what draws children to her books, teenagers to video games, and adults to philosophy.

In fiction, we seek inspiration; in ethical ideals, validation. Blyton's stories awake moral reasoning in children, who understand the meaning without realizing the abstraction. As children turn into adults, independent thinking and entrepreneurship are qualities to be cultivated further.

Blyton's tales have happy ends, where virtue triumphs over nastiness and deceit. Her characters, in particular the Famous Five, have helped millions of boys and girls around the world internalize ethical values. Children stories, however, are insufficient to provide guidance to run our lives effectively. That task belongs to philosophy, from which the best is still to come.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

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8 comments:

  1. John,
    Your experiences with Enid Blyton are the same as mine. I too grew up much engrossed in The Famous Five and other Blyton books. I also attribute my learning English as a second language in pert due to Enid Blyton. Thus, my fascination for Enid Blyton and her literature inspired me to write a book on her, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.bbotw.com, www.amazon.com).
    Stephen Isabirye

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  2. John,
    Your experiences with Enid Blyton are the same as mine. I too grew up much engrossed in The Famous Five and other Blyton books. I also attribute my learning English as a second language in pert due to Enid Blyton. Thus, my fascination for Enid Blyton and her literature inspired me to write a book on her, titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.bbotw.com, www.amazon.com).
    Stephen Isabirye

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