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  •  Re: your sig line (3+ / 0-)

    Have you ever stopped to think about how we pimp "Santa Claus" in this culture?  Then later in your childhood, like a rite of passage, it is just understood that Santa Claus is a lie your parents made up to make you feel good.  O.K., so as a child you are just supposed to accept you were lied to about THAT but the organized religion your parents have taught you, you're supposed to blindly accept as true?  Like you, I was a precocious child.  Love your sig. line.  Love Sam Harris. Love your diary.

    "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." - Flannery O'Conner

    by Dixiedemocrat on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 12:46:52 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you. (3+ / 0-)

      For similar reasons I am troubled with the idea of telling my child that Santa Claus is real.  I don't want her to piss off a bunch of parents of other children if I tell her the truth from the beginning because I know if she is anything like me she would not be able to bite her tongue when the subject comes up within her peer group.  At the same time I don't like deliberately teaching her falsehoods just because "it's what everyone does."  I guess I could go with it for awhile, then use it as an example of how people can be made to believe irrational things if they aren't willing to challenge those espousing them.  

      "Religion allows people by the millions to believe things, that only a crazy person could believe on their own." -Sam Harris

      by XNeeOhCon on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 12:57:39 PM PDT

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      •  Split the difference. (2+ / 0-)
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        Tell her the truth from the beginning, but also tell her that different people have different beliefs, so some children do believe in Santa Claus, but others don't, and that she needs to be nice to those who believe in him as well as those who don't.

        -8.75, -6.72 If it's 15000 ft below sea level, maybe it should stay there.

        by SciMathGuy on Sun Aug 01, 2010 at 03:51:29 PM PDT

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