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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

Tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny?

Why do people feel the need to have their children believe in things that don't exist?

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I'm looking for something a little more thought-provoking than, "LoL, OmG it's Fun for everyone and wut a StupiD question", etc. Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    why do people choose to go to church and believe in a god? same thing. people like believeing in things that defy logic. it gets the right side of the brain working. in some ways its actually good for you, but if you dont eventually realize that its fantasy then you will never get out of your ignorance and mature.

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  • 1 decade ago

    LoL i just said this in one of my other answers...i agree completely with you. First off it promotes lying. LoL but in reality I find it rather ridiculous that ppl started these "traditions" to tell their kids of these ridiculous characters. I refuse to lie to my children about it and that is why they do not believe in it and they know the truth, and they still love the holidays just as much. Whats the point? There is not one, again it only shows them that lying is an ok thing to do...

    Again kids have just as much of a good time receiving presents regardless of who it is from. You think a 5 year old gives a damn if some fat old man puts a present under the tree or his father did? Hell no, he gets to open presents and enjoy his family. Let their imaginations grow? Haha how ridiculous. Let their imaginations grow by reading, or watching educational programs, hell isnt that what school is for. The gig ends eventually so really it does nothing for them, by the time they are what 9-12 they'll learn it was all a hoax and then what? That pretty much screws up the imagination thing. So lets teach them whats REAL and not real during the holidays and year round instead of some dumb*ss fake holiday characters.

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  • Jim
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    1 decade ago

    sure, it might be a lie, but until children realize this, it's magical - it's something wonderous that has happened, and it *happened* to your child! they feel it firsthand, and even if it's not true, the *thought* that something magical has touched them is a great feeling at the time.

    as well, it was also implemented as a way to make people comfortable, ages ago, when converting religions. easter was from a goddess named ester, a goddess of spring. along with spring comes new life - represented by eggs. but... candy tastes better. jelly beans are shaped like eggs.

    as for the tooth faery - when a child loses a tooth, they might be devastated, they do not realize that they'll get new ones sometimes. and it upsets them. plus, it hurts. getting them to think that something magical can now affect them diverts their attention elsewhere. it also explains why adults can't see faeries, as we need baby teeth to see them

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  • 3 years ago

    E. when I stumbled on my toddler tooth have been nonetheless in my mom's fabric cabinet drawer, this is when I knew the tooth Fairy wasn't there for me anymore. She grew to become into for somebody else when I have been given my person tooth. form of a coming of age once you get your 2nd molars. this is not important to me because of the fact i'm no longer in her charge anymore. yet I won't say she's no longer actual for the babies who nonetheless receive funds for the toddler tooth that pop out. in spite of everything, each and every tooth lost grew to become into because of the fact a clean tooth got here in, and that meant a newborn grew to become into starting to be. It grew to become into interesting to me! Santa Claus I even have already expounded on. Whoever is in charge for compassionate and charitable giving, Santa Claus and his many opposite numbers in different cultures, besides because of the fact the three clever adult adult males who bore presents to the Christ newborn, are all examples and instructors of love interior the international. The Easter Bunny--no longer lots, because of the fact WE have been people who adorned the eggs that the Easter Bunny hid Easter morning for us youngsters to locate. Easter is a lot extra a intense holy day.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I despair.................

    There is little enough magic left in the world without anyone wanting to take away these last little bits of tradition and imagination.

    I can't believe that anyone saying its promoting lying has actually got children (and if they have, I feel sorry for the kids).

    The Tooth Fairy, Santa and the Easter Bunny are little bits of imaginary magic that add to the wonderment of growing up. Go sod off and be politically correct somewhere else.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is tragic that we live in a society that not only condones but encourages parents to lie to their own children. This world is full enough if disgrace and immorality. Parents are a child's very first encounter with society. They will be hurt, heart-broken, even crushed by plenty of things this world has to offer. Home should be a haven of truth and love and parents should set an example of what it means to "Do the right thing" ... even on the smallest scale.

    On another note: To those who call themselves Christians ... if you lie to your child about Santa, do not be surprised when he someday becomes an atheist. After all, Santa is all-knowing, gives gifts to the good and punishments to the wicked, can go everywhere in one night and no one sees him. Hmmm ... sounds a lot like God ... omniscient, omni-present, gives gifts to His "good" Children and punishes the wicked, is not seen by the human eye, etc. By lying about Santa (and other holiday lies), you introduce doubt on a large and very eternal scale.

    Christian or not, whoever you are, THINK about what you are REALLY teaching your child while you LIE to them all in the name of a sacred holiday.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Perhaps it is , in the most gentle way, a method to introduce your children to skepticism.

    For the adults it may also be their first taste of doing for others for free....

    Merry Christmas

    Source(s): older and wiser
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  • 1 decade ago

    Who is to say that the story of Jesus is real?Same with Santa..you can't see him,but when you are a child you feel he is real..what makes it any different for adult who believe Jesus is real?Everyone has to have something to believe in...no matter what you believe.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I would put god, angels, demons and things that go bump in the night to your list. I liked it when i was young, but modern adults see the fallacy in such fairy tales....

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  • 1 decade ago

    You are 100% CORRECT.

    People don't have a clue. "Fun for the kids" and every excuse. People don't understand the harm they do.

    It's no wonder kids grow up to believe in lying polticians, con artists and every type of deceiver. STUPID PARENTS THAT PROMOTE SANTA CLAUS SET THEM UP FOR IT and it's about time someone said it!

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