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Once upon a time, these two dudes, brothers, started an ambitious project.

This was late in the 18th century.

These two Europeans wanted to find "proof" of the bible.

So they went around Europe, collecting as many local legends as they could.

Their goal was to show that when you put all these local legends together, they would add up to the basic ideas of Christianity.

When they were finished, all they had was a mishmash of a bunch of crazy stories that had nothing to do with Jesus or any other bible ideas.

They failed, according to their own intentions.

Then a few years later, a buddy saw this large collection.

And he started flipping through it, and was really impressed.

He asked what it was, and they told him.

They said they failed.

He said, why don't you publish these stories, but instead of trying to prove Jesus, just publish them as stories.

For kids.

They did, and they became famous.

In case you haven't guessed, those two brothers were the brothers Grimm.

And all those stories were the famous stories most kids know today.

Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Pied Piper, Snow White, etc.

Most of them, as we read them today, are very filtered and have all the dangerous evil stuff left out.

But consider how they evolved.

These dudes collected these stories at the end of the 1700's.

Which meant they were probably bouncing around Europe for at least a couple hundred years before that.

During a time when there was a lot of danger.

So, it's pretty easy to see how these are cautionary tales to each important lessons to kids.

So, while they didn't exactly prove Jesus or the bible, they are filled with VERY helpful advice.

Of course, they need to be scary, so they kids remember what NOT to do, and they need to have interesting characters.

But built in to all that is helpful advice.

Like don't promise to pay somebody and then stiff them (Pied Piper).

People that are only concerned with looks can be evil (Snow White).

If somebody sells you some magic beans, there's gonna be a catch (Jack and the Beanstalk.)

Don't break into somebody' house and steal their stuff (Goldilocks).

But even side of these are even more common messages.

Take that last one, Goldilocks.

Several times, she chose the middle choice.

Not too hot, not too cold, just right.

This "everything" in moderation idea is pretty useful.

It's very, and very tempting, to go to on side or the other.

Like guys and gals in social situations.

Guys think there are two options.

Stay on the sidelines where it's safe.

Or try and seduce any girl who smiles at you.

Consider the Goldilocks strategy.

Of creating a social strategy that is JUST RIGHT.

So long as you don't break into any bear houses, you'll be fine.

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