It’s been 77 years today since Walt Disney’s animated movie ‘Pinocchio’ was released. The world has certainly changed during that three quarter of a century period. Nations have risen and fallen, wars have been waged and economies have boomed and collapsed. But even after all this time, Walt still reminds us of a powerful truth that our society seems to have forgotten. The story of Pinocchio seems simplistic and outdated but just as it was written by Carlo Collodi in the year 1881 to the children of Florence, Italy we can all thank Walt for bringing this too–relevant story into the hearts and minds of children today. As children and young adults we find ourselves with so little experience that we can’t even imagine how much we don’t know. Pinocchio symbolizes the struggle of acting childish while yet striving for something more. Sometimes we choose to rebel, sometimes we think lying will get us ahead, but we will get caught and we will become the “jackass” and yet other times we are tempted to give up and never leave our own personal “Pleasure Island.” It’s during this time that we need to follow the advice of those around us (the elders) that are wiser because they have been there. Honestly ask yourself who has been the Jiminy Cricket in your life and thank them today.
Fun Fact: Collodi wrote Pinocchio for the children of Florence to earn extra money because collectors were after him over gambling debts.