The Morals of all Stories

“THE SKY IS FALLING!” said Chicken Little.
And some believed him.
Disaster must be imminent; the baby bird said so.
But read on…
And don’t believe everything you are told.
Even if you want to.

“WOLF!” the boy cried.
And some believed him.
There must be a threat to the flock; the young shepherd said so.
But read on…
And don’t be fooled by repeated deception.
Even if you want to.

“Anyone unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent will be unable to see the new clothes,” said the weavers.
And some believed him.
The clothing must be magical; the emperor is “wearing” them.
But read on…
And stand neither on false pretense nor fall for the ruse.
Even if you want to.

If you did not see it with your own eyes,
Or hear it with your own ears,
Don’t believe it just because you want to.

There is a lot of crap reporting out there. A ton of false posts. And too many opinions to count. In this age of digital deluge, it’s easy to alter information. Edit, revise, misdirect. Despite what we want to believe, we have very little control over what we are exposed to. Please don’t think that because you avoid FOX News (or CNN) and never repost a meme with a typo, that you are free from ambiguous data. Even if that data states exactly what you want it to. Especially then.

Read to the end of the story. Be skeptical. Ask Questions. Consider a moral.
Even if you don’t want to.

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About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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