A friend sent this today and I thought it seemed very c3:

Pedagogical Project
“The Joy of Reading”
Heaven and Hell
A tale from China

A curious man once asked to visit heaven and hell. Expecting hell to be a terrible, frightening place, he was amazed to find people seated around a lovely banquet table. The table was piled high with every delicious thing one could possibly want. The man thought, Perhaps hell is not so bad after all.
Looking closely, however, he noticed that everyone at the table was miserable.
They were starving, because, although there was a mountain of food before them, they had been given three-foot-long chopsticks. There was no way to carry the food to their mouths with such long chopsticks, and so no one could eat a bite.
The man was then taken to heaven. To his surprise, he found the exact same sit­uation as he had seen in hell. People were gathered around a banquet table piled with food. All the diners held a pair of three-foot-long chopsticks in their hands. But here in heaven, everyone was happily eating the delicious food, for the residents of heaven were using their extra-long chopsticks to feed one another.

Marian Wright Edelman
I can make a difference
HarperCollinsPublishers, NY, 2005
Dear Sir/Madam,

We are a group of teachers with some experience in the area of storytelling and we would like to share our project – The Joy of Reading – with everyone who is in touch with children and young people in general but above all with everyone that enjoys reading.
This project consists of sending stories for free on a weekly basis. So this particular e-mail and the ones that will follow it in the next weeks are intended to share some small stories with you. All the stories we send have some values within: respect for nature, tolerance, tenderness, responsibility, solidarity and many more. They all aim at developing the reading skills among young people, as well as allowing some moments of reflection and dialogue about topics connected with human values, which seem to have been somewhat forgotten in these times of materialism and hedonism.

We thank you for your attention and hope you will welcome this project (which, it is important to say, does not have any profitable aims).
If you know anyone interested in receiving the weekly stories by email, please let us now by sending their emails to us.

If you wish to read more stories, please access the blog we created. http://storiestogrow.wordpress.com/
It consists of a set of small stories and other texts which will be regularly updated.

Please let us know your opinion about the project.

Yours faithfully

The Pedagogical Team responsible for the blog


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Comment by Joanne Warfield on May 12, 2010 at 6:51pm
Stories are so important threads connected to a lineage of imagination and history. We need stories as they tell who we are. They intrigue and draw us in. My friend Phil Cousineau just came out with a new book called "The Oldest Story in the World" and in his author's note says "It is a mosaic of meditations, a rhapsody on a theme, a series of kaleidoscopic vignettes including myths, legends, tales, verbal snapshots, aphorisms, quotes, anecdotes, pensées, poems, and proems, sketches, illustrations, journal entries, riddles and epigrams and several dashes of humor." PHEW!!!! Now that says it!


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