"You can understand and relate to most people better if you look at them -- no matter how old or impressive they may be -- as if they are children. For most of us never really grow up or mature all that much -- we simply grow taller. O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales."
MovNat's call to watch how children move; they move naturally without the corrupted zoo influence we see in adults. Looking at children's natural movement is a way of looking back to how it should be done, so we can learn from it and move forward into natural movement for ourselves. The same theme popped out at me reading the fairytale; in this case "go back to move forward" means read the old stories and you will find the truth hidden in them for you to see and learn from. And here is what the story of "The Emperor and the Nightingale" has to say...
(bits sourced from Wikipedia...italics are me)
"The Nightingale"is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about an emperor who prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled . . When the Emperor is near death,
The Emperor of China learns that one of the most beautiful things in his empire is the song of the nightingale. When he orders the nightingale brought to him, a kitchen maid (the only one at court who knows of its whereabouts) leads the court to a nearby forest where the bird is found. The nightingale agrees to appear at court. The Emperor is so delighted with the bird's song that When the Emperor is given a bejeweled mechanical bird he loses interest in the real nightingale, who returns to the forest (nature is forgotten, technology takes over). The mechanical bird eventually breaks down due to overuse. The Emperor is taken deathly ill a few years later. (technology fails, human health fails) The real nightingale learns of the Emperor's condition and returns to the palace. Death is so moved by the nightingale's song that he departs and the emperor recovers. (the process of “taming nature”) The nightingale agrees to sing to the emperor of all the happenings in the empire, that he will be known as the wisest emperor ever to live. ( nature returns to humans, heals and enlightens. This is the Unzoo process, although unlike the story I don't rule out the possiblity of a duet between real and mechanical birds).Then my searching took me into the rabbit hole and I found a host of related material relating to "real" vs. "mechanical/artificial" that roped in stories about Frankenstein and other horrors. Too scary for bed time stories...
I could have chosen innumerable other examples, for tales of the automata are legion. Those I have chosen, however, are classic examples (Asimov's are currently becoming so) and illustrate different aspects of the human encounter with the mechanical "other." Andersen's tale hinges on clockwork mechanisms; Shelley's Frankenstein-perhaps the dominant Western metaphor for the fourth discontinuity, straddling both biological and mechanical fears-holds an importance which is self-evident and thus deserves extended treatment; Baum's Oz stories, which obsessively reflect a childlike curiosity about "life," are hardly as innocent as they appear; Capek's R.U.R. gives birth to the term "robot," and voices the fear of robots taking over-a fear echoed today in countless films about menacing androids; and Asimov's varied cast of robots allows us to explore many of the intellectual dimensions of the predicted coming of a robotic age.
Whew! So what do we get from all this? For now just this; the balance between nature and technology has always been a source of tension for us humans; we create the technology but it threatens to consume us. This is the Zoo Human Syndrome. The theme is rich in history, and never more significant than in our present and future. The Unzoo position of "go back to move forward" accepts the evolutionary context as the key vehicle for integrating nature with our tools/technology, as opposed to technology being used by humans to dominate nature. Remove the tension, then move forward.
And fairytales, and other stories, are not just for kids, just as natural movement is not just for kids either!
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
Attributed, but unsourced.