Cantabile Posted December 17, 2010 Share Posted December 17, 2010 How, as a society, do we justify the mass manipulation of our children? Not only do we lie to them about the existence of Santa Clause, and other mythological creatures, for year after year, but we go to great lengths to preserve and manipulate the children into believing. We have them leave out milk and cookies, then drink and eat it (or throw it away if they suck) and claim Santa did it. We wait until they're unconscious at night, put presents under the tree, and claim Santa went down the chimney at midnight and did it. We take them to see Santa at the mall and other places, lie to them that it's the real Santa. And what's more, we have them write lists to Santa and mail them, knowing that the post office is just going to burn the damned things. Yeah, that's right, not only are we parents in on this manipulation, but the federal government is stringing along the children like puppets as well.And why? How the hell can we tell our kids that lying is bad, then turn around and lie to them for a decade about the existence of an obese man who breaks into their house at night to give them toys. Is there anything more fucking hypocritical? That's a rhetorical question. Because there isn't.Now, I know what you're going to say, "But it gives the children magic!" and "We're just lying to make them happy!"Bullshit. First off, lying to make people happy is a good moral to teach kids? Let's all weave elaborate webs of lies for years on end to make our loved ones happy? Nice.And I'm not buying the "magic" excuse either. The main reason kids love Christmas is, first and foremost, presents. The Christmas music, the tree, the movies, all those customs, are what creates that special atmosphere. Not the belief in the mythological. And even if it did, how does that justify our lying?Now let's look at the advantages of not lying to kids:- It teaches kids the importance of reality and truth- They're more appreciative and loving towards parents knowing that it's the parents who are spending all their money to make the kids happy, rather than an obese bearded man.And you know, not every kid shrugs off the shock when they find out the truth. Some realize their parents and society has been manipulating them their entire life, and they develop serious trust issues, which will go on to affect them for the rest of their lives. And damned right they should. How do we even sleep at night knowing that we're merrily manipulating our own offspring for years on end? Fucking sociopaths, every one of us. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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