…Happily Ever After

Western fairy tales traditionally end with some variation of, “…and they lived happily ever after.” Eastern fairy tales, those filtered through Arab and Persian cultures, tended towards the slightly less upbeat ending of, “…they lived happily until there came to them the One who Destroys all Happiness.”

As these stories are meant for enjoyment of children, these endings are necessary fiction.

… And They Lived Happily Ever After

Let’s face it, if you want the kiddies to sleep well and quietly through the night, you can’t tell them a story with an “ending” that includes the aftermath and later existence of the heroes and heroines. That sort of reboot of these fairy tales is just to close to reality.

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