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commented on Jan. 1, 2014
For centuries parents have told their children that there is an immortal magical fat man who lives at the North Pole with a bunch of elves and flying reindeer, and that every Christmas Eve this magical fat man with his flying reindeer delivers presents to well-behaved children all around the world in one night. The whole of society participates in this massive deception: TV stations and internet search engines giving live "news reports" about the progress of this fat man's annual journey, and shopping centres everywhere hire men to dress up in red suits and invite children to sit on their laps and tell them what they want for Christmas.
Inevitably children find out that this is all an elaborate fiction. This dissapointing realisation usually occurs when they are about to enter puberty, i.e. about the same time we start trying to warn them about the dangers of drugs and unprotected sex.
In some cases, parents will actually go out of their way to delay their children's realisation of Santa's fictional nature as long as possible by deceiving and/or guilt tripping their children into holding on to a belief which they already realize deep down is a lie. Whether such parents do this out of fear of losing credibility in the eyes of this children, or fear of their children growing up and becoming independent, or both, the end result is usually a cynical and embittered child who has to deal with the fact that their whole understanding of reality is profoundly and deliberately wrong.
My question is, should parents and aspiring parents who are committed to Noetic values be encouraging their children to believe in Santa Claus? How do we raise children in a society which perpetrates such a massive deception on them?