posted on Dec, 11 2008 @ 02:23 PM
Originally posted by yeahright
You call it a "lie", I call it a little harmless pretend magic and part of the innocence of youth. There are any number of things we as parents do
to add some enjoyment and harmless fantasy to our kids' lives. They grow up soon enough, and personally I'd have been pretty upset had one of my
children's teachers done that. There's plenty of time for reality. Let's let them get through the 3rd grade.
This is where I wonder...allowing for belief in things that aren't true sets up the potential for that inclination to spill over into future
concerns. Such as 'believing' that the economy will get better without any proactive and rational interaction or 'believing' that a salesman
really cares about anything more than the commission.
Cynical, for sure, and I am positive that there are people out there who deserve the benefit of the doubt but 'irrational' belief (what has been
referred to here as believing in magic) isn't a good foundation for future decision making skills.
While I don't think that belief in an of itself can is a negative, perhaps it is a valid point to make it clear that "Santa" is an archetype that
embodies the spirit of the holiday season, rather than a guy who actually exists. It is a seemingly simple distinction but important in the molding
of an impressionable mind. Working with our myths/legends/traditions to instill a more realisitc worldview in preperation for the adventures and
tribulations of maturity is a much more valid parental endeavour than allowing a childhood illusion for the sake of the illusion...in my opinion.
And this is coming from a guy who learned that Santa wasn't real when the 'bully twins' on my playground made fun of me for believing in
Santa...pretty sad day and one that earned me a 'talking to' with my parents to not spoil it for my siblings...