Learning Through Stories
Our differences are breathtaking-the variety of peoples, landscapes, languages, cultures, belief systems, and stories throughout the world ... what connects us, however, is twofold:
We are all human beings seeking happiness, life without suffering, and the best possible conditions for ourselves and our children in the future.
The second similarity is how many stories are all about water—the most important element for our bodies and in and on the earth. With no water, there is no life.
Here you can explore folktales about water from around the world and find activities that will help you create stories—from your own imagination or by working with others.
Why learn about the laws of living systems through folktales? The Greek philosopher Aristotle had it right when he said:
"The friend of wisdom is also a friend of myth."
Folk wisdom—whether it comes from the myths and tales of the ancient Greeks, the early Africans, fifth-century Chinese philosophers, Buddhist masters, or the sages of Native American and other cultures—has long been a way to pass on wisdom from one generation to the next.
Here we invite you to explore, through timeless folktales and modern examples, how the principles that guide living systems can also guide how we live and learn.