A novel reason for taking fairy tales seriously. Beyond their charm and imagination, they have an added bonus of reminding us that the universe is jam-packed full of things beyond our ken. Keeps you humble.
“And don’t you dare to disparage fairy tales. A fairy tale, dear sir, in relating miraculous happenings as though they were the normal events of the day, is a humble acknowledgement of the fact that this universe is a box packed full of mysteries of which we understand absolutely nothing at all; heaven alone knows what’ll pop out of it next.”
Source: Elizabeth Goudge, Henrietta’s House (Radstock: Girls Gone By Publishers, 2013 (1942)), p. 171