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  •  deprogramming kids from the god of commercialism (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder about this:

    Starting the day after Thanksgiving, hundreds of volunteers hit the streets, carrying signs saying "Hey kids: there is no Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus isn't real" and "Santa Claus doesn't exist," and "There's no Santa Claus: Mom and Dad buy you those presents," etc.

    This would smash right through a bunch of cultural taboos at the same time:  deflating a cultural myth that is arguably the root source of the unsustainable consumerist culture, and doing it by directly addressing other peoples' children.

    Clearly it's protected speech so there's no stopping it.

    Question is, what percentage of children would be deprogrammed by this kind of thing?  And would it make a dent in the culture of consumerism, even a small dent?

    BTW, when I learned there was no Santa Claus, I was mildly disappointed but mostly just curious about how the whole myth worked and why it existed.  "Oh really?  That's interesting, so what's really going on?" a feeling that seems to be very similar to the reaction to seeing a favored hypothesis being falsified.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Sat Feb 11, 2012 at 01:44:52 PM PST

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