No Options

There’s yet another lesson in The Three Wishes. This one is about the mindset of “having no options,” and it goes back to a time before the story begins.

When we picture the woodsman and his wife, burning their furniture for fuel, scrounging for food, and resenting their situation, we have to wonder: What events led to them becoming so destitute? Let’s say there hadn’t been three wishes. Suppose they had sold the lamp for some fast cash. What were they going to do next? How was it that they had no options?

The circumstances of this couple emerge not just from lack of planning, but from poor choices, or no choices, made very early on. We get a glimpse of this in the story. They are either burning or selling everything they have, and ...

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