Different from fables and parables, teaching stories have meaning at many levels, and have been used as a tool for spiritual instruction in many wisdom traditions. Now they are also finding use in psychotherapy and education
There was this town in the heart of which thrived a red light area. One day the indignant municipal councillors decided to relocate the prostitutes on the outskirts to minimise their corrupting influence on the populace. After the harlots and the pimps settled in the new, forlorn location, they hardly entertained any clients for weeks. But then, a few regular clients returned, and in time the trickle became a respectable flow. Taking a cue, the flower vendors, the paanwallas and those selling soda water and snacks in the old red light area, too, shifted their area of operation. Then some hair saloons, restaurants and grocery shops came up. Many shopkeepers even chose to live in the area. To serve the swelling population of the new locality, bigger businesses came up. The red light area was, indeed, in the heart of the new township.
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