Cartoons teach life lessons

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 May, 2010, 12:00am

Lots of people stop watching cartoons as they get older. But I still enjoy it. Cartoons are full of positive ideas and revolve around love and friendship. For example, the Disney movie Up is about a man who promised his late wife to move their house to the top of a waterfall. He eventually achieves this 'impossible' dream with his faith and the help of a little boy.

In the world of cartoons, heroes and villains are clearly defined. On the other hand, it is hard to judge good and bad people in society.

There's no doubt that cartoons are a result of somebody's imagination - they don't happen in real life. But these creations can remind us to get back to basics. When we were children, we loved and respected our parents and treated others well. But why do we become disobedient as we grow older? We can rediscover our principles from cartoons.

Cartoons are simple and interesting, and can teach us a lot about life. Let's learn a lesson from those stories and build a wonderful and peaceful world together.

Karen Lee Ka-ki, Carmel Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your e-mail, Karen. Cartoons offer a wonderful break from real life by allowing us to connect with our inner child. The relief cartoons give us from daily stress is worth that alone. So people should not be so quick to dismiss cartoons.

They are also a great reflection on life at the time, with the more modern ones almost running a 'double' commentary - one for young children, and one for whoever has to take them to the movies. The more adult commentary makes plenty of cultural and time-related observations that provide us with a window into the world.

Cartoons should be 'guilt-free' viewing and, as my friends always say, a little of what you fancy does you good.

Susan, Editor