moral of a story

So I never really knew you
God, I really tried to
Blindsided, addicted
Felt we could really do this
But really I was foolish
Hindsight, it’s obvious
Some mistakes get made
That’s alright, that’s okay
You can think that you’re in love
When you’re really just in pain
Some mistakes get made
That’s alright, that’s okay
In the end it’s better for me
That’s the moral of the story, babe

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On the way they had to cross a stream. One day the donkey suddenly tumbled down the stream and the salt bag also fell into the water. The salt dissolved in the water and hence the bag became very light to carry. The donkey was happy.
The wise man smiled and said:

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talking with my mother she said where’d you find this guy
I said some people fall in love with the wrong people sometimes
they say
it’s better to have loved and lost
than to never have loved at all
that could a load of shit
but I just need to tell you all

Below are examples of the morals of some very common stories:
Oftentimes one hears people use the phrase ‘the moral of a story’, but what is the meaning of ‘moral of a story’?

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Recently a story of mine- Gift for a princess was published in The Hindu Young World. The story is about a princess who wanted an elephant as a pet. When I wrote the story the focus was first on the elephant and then on the princess. The mahout (The man who takes care of the elephant) was just another character in my mind. A friend’s daughter had this to say after the story was read to her. “I liked the Mahout the best as he is very kind to the elephant.”
So I don’t write with a specific moral in mind. As a result I don’t expect a reader to find a moral. One reader, a child took me by surprise however. My mother gave him one of my books as a birthday present. The book is about a fire engine and a giraffe who become good friends. The giraffe wants to be a firefighter like the fire engine. After the book was read to him he asked his mother what the moral of the story is. It appears that that’s something that is always discussed after a book is read and hence the question. Of course there is no intended moral as such and so the mother did not find it. So when the child posed the question, the mother directed the question back to him, not really giving it a thought. The child replied “The moral of the story is that one must be kind to one’s friends.”

Resources:

http://wealthygorilla.com/best-short-moral-stories/
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WQq98YPV8yk
http://hosbeg.com/what-is-a-moral-of-a-story/
http://medium.com/lakshmimitter/what-is-the-moral-of-the-story-784c3e27edda
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/general-english/stories