Thursday, December 21, 2006

Lying for your life!

Ok, I am not the greatest child lover in the world. I don't want any children, not even to have sex with them. But when I see sites like this: 'Santa Claus does not exist' school tells stunned kids I can't help myself reply in anger.
Does anyone realise that while telling nice stories about Santa, or God, or Halloween or whatever, one is actually lying? When I read the above mentioned article, I immediately replied in irony that kids should believe in Santa and other increasingly idiotic things we usually are told when we're kids. And the list grew immediately to a stagering dimension. I stopped myself, censored some of the things I've written and sent the reply. I am curious if it will ever be published on the said site, as I've noticed that UK sites, including BBC, only publish the moderate or expected responses, especially if you mention you're not from the UK.
How did you feel when you found out Santa is not really a real person? Didn't it change not only the way you see Christmas and the world, but the trust you had in your parents? I am almost 30 and I remember the day when my dad told me an obvious lie and I realised, for the first time in my life, that my parents do lie to me, as opposed to what they've said to me in the past. A lot of the things I've been told during my childhood have been lies, and while there weren't bad lies, nobody desiring my harm in any way, they shaped the way I saw the world afterwards.
Every time such a fairy tale bubble burst, I felt more out of touch with reality, more insecure, sadder, disappointed. Don't do that to your children, no matter how obnoxious they are. So they don't let you sleep well, don't punish them by giving them false hope you just know will break their heart when they realise they have been fed with lies. Beat the crap out of them, it's safer, it hurts less.
Of course, I have no idea how a kid would develop if you told him everything. It is a frightening concept, but does one really have the right to shape one's reality as they see fit just because they don't like the one they live in? "Yes, daddy is going everyday to a shitty job, hating his shitty life, wanting to die, but lacking the courage to end it all." Would such a notion push a child to suicide or to a real life, one that is different from the one his dad hates?
There is no such thing as political corectness. Politics are about the acquisition and application of power. Will you give your child the option to apply his own power of the brain to his own chosen life or will you maim him in his infancy, by feeding him false information, seeding his mind with lies that will never go away, no matter how much he tries as an adult?

And as a small Christmas article that makes sense, check this out: The Real Story of Christmas


Danikar said...

Not that I totally agree with your rant, but I do think you bring up an intresting point.

However, I find it funny that you mention god. Although I am not a beliver I still can't agree with you on that point because the people who usually are telling stories about god are full hearted belivers or they belive there is some truth to the stories. Where as Santa Claus we know we are lieing.

Another example would be Global Warming, I go around and tell people that we need to be carful and stand up and fix this problem because in 50 years were all going to boil up and die cause of global warming. (Lol, little humor about my own point of view.) However I am not a professional on the subject. All I have is a few graphs that have led me to belive it is true. But if it is indeed false, somewhat like someone beliving in god. Have I now lied to everyone I told that to? Or was I just wrong?

Anthony said...

Agreed - I caused some trouble last year with similar talk:

Santa Sadness.

Siderite said...

Good point, indeed. Teaching only what it is proven as true would undoubtely diminish the cultural volume of what one can teach, but ask yourself this: how do we know we are lying when we're talking Santa as oposed to God?
One could argue that if you covertly place a present then announce that it's from Santa, you know that it wasn't Santa, but so we say about car accidents for example, or good fortune. It was God's will.