“We have a tradition in America of imparting to our children seemingly harmless, fanciful perceptions of reality. The Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are all fanciful myths aka manufactured false perceptions of reality. Almost all of us Americans fervently believed at least one of these fantasies in our early lives.
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.
Those were my thoughts.
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