Our Parents and teachers and other people in our lives imparted to us a belief in these myths as being true.
And, we believe these stories basically for 4 different reasons:
- At that age, we are less sophisticated and less able to discern truth from fiction.
- And, regardless of our age, more likely believe something we are told when it told to us by people we trust and/or love.
- Circumstantial evidence – Money replacing the teeth. Easter Baskets on Easter Morning. Easter egg hunts at Church. The cookies and milk we set out for Santa were gone the next morning. Jingle bells outside of the house at the appropriate time. Children’s Books dedicated to the subject. TV ads and programs espousing the existence of said Santa Claus, etc.
- The fictional perception of reality is more desirable than the alternative. In short, we want to believe because we benefit or perceive benefit from going along with the myth. e.g. money, candy, gifts. And these myths also give us a nebulous, warm fuzzy feeling and sense of security. They made the world seem less harsh and friendlier.
If we are honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that our youthful “perception of reality” incorporated unquestioning and absolute belief in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and/or Santa Claus. Regardless of how easily we can disprove that reality now, and how ridiculous our belief in them seems on retrospection, we believed in these myths at one point in our lives. We accepted these myths as the truth and they were our Reality. Through these myths, almost all Americans share the experience of believing in a perception of reality that was never real, despite our once fervent belief that they were.
And we did not easily give up our beliefs in these myths. Even when harsh reality was brought to our attention some of desperately clung to the fantasy... I can remember some kids in the school yard fighting their peers who were the bearer of bad news. Others were more restrained in their responses, waiting to go home and check with a trusted and reliable source, their parents. I did not want to believe that my parents would believe me. And for those that clung to the myth, there was the peer pressure of being ridiculed and being called immature.
But once the individual overcame their desire for their false perception of reality to be true, they very quickly came to realize the discrepancies in the myth. For example, the impossibility of one single person such as Santa Claus delivering gifts to every household in one night… Or the impossibility of reindeer and a sleigh defying the law of gravity. They all seem so obvious in retrospect.
However, other myths and mysteries of life don’t offer the same absolute proof and closure as the false perceptions of reality involving Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. And these myths, fantasies, deceptions, delusions and duplicities are far more injurious than our childhood fantasies.
With that in mind, I ask you each to go back to that period of your life when you fervently believed in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus...."
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I write this article with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar
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