Stories With Life Lessons
In every culture and civilization, folklore and storytelling are an essential part of the tradition and a means of preserving values. Different cultures have different ways of telling their stories, but there is usually a reason for every story and important life lessons or values to be learnt from each one of them. Some of these stories are fables that feature extraordinary or legendary creatures, inanimate objects or some supernatural force or power.
In most African cultures, these stories are told to little children by elders as a form of entertainment, or as a kind of counsel to drive home good morals. The most popular type of stories in Africa are fables involving animals, collectively known as Aesop's fables. It includes the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy who cried 'Wolf!', The Wolf in Sheep's clothing, etc. Although different cultures tell a slightly altered version of each story, it all serves to pass down good morals and values from generation to generation.
Storytelling is also common in Europe and other parts of the world. In these parts, fairytales, legends and myths are very common. Some stories are even made into songs and sung by sailors, warriors and women. A good example is a mythology in Greece and Rome where stories about gods who lived as men and great men who became gods are told. These stories are usually connected on a large scale but individually teach different lessons like the story about The Fall of Icarius, in Greek mythology.
These traditional stories are fiction, but they point to aching truths and are generally very relatable. They are great tools that form and mould us into being great members of society with good moral values. They are not only educational, but they also serve as a source of inspiration and motivation for people to aim for and achieve great feats.