Today’s way of life offers very few opportunities to get to know nature and all its beauty. An over-technologized world provides each of us, and our children, mostly with the images displayed on a smartphone, tablet, or TV screen. Too often, they feature horror and action heroes instead of animals; and with misguided fairy tales full of strange, distorted figures that radiate evil and fear. In our rushed and stressful lives, there is little time to read a heartfelt fairy tale or story to children that shows a world whose values differ from those on display in pop culture.
Prevalent in all areas of life is deceit, which combined with the unbridled desire for power and its consequences, are the greatest cause of mankind’s rapidly accelerating moral decline. It always begins with the upbringing of children. The environment where the child lives, how it is raised, and what values are instilled in childhood, greatly determine how it will behave throughout his or her adult life.
Familiarisation with nature, and its effects on human beings and the environment, is a critical part of childhood. For this reason, we would like to remind you how important it is to ensure every child is familiar with nature and its inhabitants. For it is within children that compassion and a loving relationship with all things – both living and inanimate – must first be awakened. Through compassion and love, a child comes to realize that by damaging and ignoring the laws of nature, mankind is headed for self-destruction. Through the fairy tales shared in this book, children will understand that they can live much more beautiful lives than people are living today. Importantly, the message is clear that they have to create this beauty themselves.
Parents, it is up to you to encourage your children to become intimately familiar with nature. You can do this with both awe-inspiring fairy tales filled with earthly creatures and animals, as well as simply taking them for a walk in the woods or a nearby park.
With Neverending Fairy Tales, we seek to contribute to the formation of a generation that fully appreciates the gifts bestowed by nature; for which without, we would not be able to survive.