In Other News
This weekend Denmark celebrated the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen in the town of Odense on April 2nd
Andersen's stories work at multiple levels, as did the writings of Jonathan Swift
, being light reading, moral instruction, and political satire.A BBC correspondent
wrote: "One of Hans Christian Andersen's stories, The Wicked Prince
, is about a cruel ruler who laid waste his neighboring countries by killing and plundering, and who then set out to conquer G-d with a vast flying ship, pulled by eagles, spitting machine-gun bullets.
In the end, G-d just sends a small swarm of tiny midges, one of which gets in the prince's ear, drives him mad and leaves him lashing out with his useless sword."
I believe many have reason to be familiar with another Andersen story: The Emperor's New Clothes