Today I wish to direct your attention to a post by Fr. Ernesto Obregon about the decline of acceptability of fairy tales; the attitude that they are nothing more than superstition and child’s play. This is a phenomenon which came about in the industrialized West starting about the time of the Industrial Revolution, and which was hastened by the rise of logical positivism in the 18th and 19th centuries which asserted that the only authentic knowledge is verifiable and assumes that the only valid form of knowledge is scientific knowledge. But the postmodernism of recent times dealt positivism a mortal blow by showing that science itself points toward uncertainty in the universe. In the wake of this, through the craziness of crystals and pyramids in the 1960s and 1970s down to the rise of comic-cons and fantasy-cons in our day, fantasy and other imaginative expressions of life are making a comeback in the broader culture.
C.S. Lewis was right. The old and the young know intrinsically that we need fantasy. It reminds us that there are mysteries that cannot simply be expressed through science. Fantasy is the anti-positivism. It shouts to us that creativity exists and is real. It calls to us that there is more to life than can be described by experiments. It says that humanity, and even Creation itself, cannot be bounded by a set of equations that can ultimately predict all that is.