Why riddles?

In movies and books, we are constantly presented with metaphors or riddles or allegories (you name it). Those are often used to convey a specific message or important truth. However, they are often not visible or understandable at first glance. Only when we reflect about it or are asked the right questions do we start to grasp their meaning.

But why do authors, producers etc. make it so hard? Why don’t they just tell the message plain and simple? I mean, when it is an important message or a key truth that everyone should know, why make it extra difficult?

I think the reason is that we need to earn it. We need to put in effort to see these messages and truths for ourselves. If it is just handed to us on a silver platter, we will forget the message. I think this is because we don’t have to use our brains and therefore we don’t create those new neural pathways we usually create when we think about something extensively or learn something new. It takes effort until we completely processed the information. Just telling us would therefore do us no good.

Moreover, once we solve the riddle or we understand the metaphor, we feel a sense of realization. A sense of victory. We earned this knowledge. It is therefore more precious to us and we are less likely to forget.

Maybe this was already clear to you and maybe this is only a realization I had =) but I will try to use this knowledge when teaching someone else. You can see that “solving” this riddle made me think that this is something valuable enough to write a blog about it. It is precious for me =). What are the riddles you solved for yourself and whose truths accompany you from then on in your life?

What do you think? Do you think it is beneficial to use stories, metaphors and riddles to get a message across that contains a truth which is not easy to see?


Have a wonderful day and take care, Stephan

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! I really like riddle or metaphors 😊 I think they help you deeply remember the solution either if it’s a simple answer or a life advice! 😊


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