An editor acquaintance told us about a librarian from a prominent Delhi school who declared that he would "Never buy a children's book for the library, unless it had a moral." This statement was met with incredulous laughter, with dismay at the future of childrens' book publishing in India - "if such bumbling moral police continued to be responsible for acquiring collections."
I wondered later about whether searching for morals was really so bad. If by 'moral of a tale' one means an undercurrent of ageless insight and truth - then I must be looking for tales with morals too. Just like the librarian who must surely have had his loquacious, uncool head bitten off that afternoon. Maybe all the guy was trying to do was sift out the slickly packaged garbage.