from Wakeup-World Website
The first four or five years of our lives are the most formative years of our lives.
Our minds are like dry sponges, absorbing everything around us. In our most impressionable state, we learn from our parents, friends, family, teachers, neighbors, and everyone we interact with, as well as media, conventions, traditions and institutions of all sorts.
We learn what we're taught, but we also
pick up on queues and absorb lessons from our experiences and
observations, both subtle and obvious, direct and indirect, as we
learn to navigate and interpret the world around us.
The truth is revealed as our common
initiation - our first taste of 'adult' society.
We learn that there is not enough magic in the real world, and that our sense of wonder can only be satisfied by artificially constructed mythology, and remains the domain of early childhood unknowing.
Not only that, we learn that once such a
societal lie is realized, our role as "grownups" is to maintain the
lie as truth, in this case, because everyone else of a vaguely
Christian heritage does it. (Never mind the children of other
It's at home, in schools, on the news; even the local weather forecasters cooperate with powerful military institutions like NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) lie to us!
And we play along without a moment to process our loss, lest we poop the party for younger, still-ignorant children.
(Never mind that ours is the only culture on Earth to base its major holy-day on a foundation of pure fictional fabrication, forgoing reality to celebrate the bounty of a deliberately false patriarch.)
This newspaper clipping (pictured above) initiated NORAD's involvement in the Santa Claus story with the most celebrated wrong number in history.
Although, ironically enough, the small note to the right of it explicitly states,
The advertisement for a shopping mall appeared to include a Colorado telephone number for "Santa Claus" himself, but the advertisement ran with the wrong phone number.
number printed was for the Continental Air Defense Command located
in Colorado Springs, which eventually became
Inviting children to,
One has to wonder if the folks at NORAD knew the 24/7 surveillance crew would be there 'any time', or if they planned on employing some poor old HoHoHo to man a telephone somewhere in the mall.
But I digress…
Today, as a result of that fateful error, kiddies from all over the world can call and contact NORAD - a government agency - to find out exactly the whereabouts of Santa Claus - a Christian construct - and, with the help of a team of non-military volunteers, NORAD gladly lies.
(Never mind the separation of Church and
At best, the officer in charge played
along with the lie because those who don't go along with the lie,
those who reveal the truth to young children, or who just refuse to
lie, are considered by our society as an affront to a childhood
Biological impulses make us want to be a part of the group, and we don't want to be ostracized and excluded (like the kids of other faiths are) among tribal and societal units.
So, at a tender single-digit age, we confront the possibility that those not-so-magically-derived material possessions we receive each year may now cease by our knowing, and are charged with preserving the "magic" for others. So we adhere to the lie...
The magic may be gone, but we're sure not going to be excluded, or miss out on the kind of rewards we've received each year since birth!
What's in a little lie, eh? Besides, it must be important, since
even the media and mighty military yields to the Santa Claus
On its own, this might not be so bad, and may even be considered a rite of passage. But that program stays with us through adulthood. Incrementally, decision by decision, we come to view accepting lies as a normal part of adult society.
Government, advertising, news, corporate shenanigans - It's all "just politics", right? (Never mind the weapons of mass destruction...)
on the lap of a fictional supernatural being
and teaching them to ask
for material prosperity
The reason for the December date is not because Jesus Christ was indeed born on this day; the reason we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on the winter solstice is because of the pagan influences in Roman culture centuries ago.
The Roman rulers wanted the pagan peoples to adopt Christianity and join their societal unit so they could be unified under singular martial rule.
The annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ was made to correlate with the pagan celebration of Saturnalia, so as to bring the people together, not necessarily in the spirit of unity so much as martial conformity.
If holydays are aligned, holidays are
aligned, and a society comprising many different belief systems is
far easier to regulate. (Never mind the facts.)
(If you would like to explore this further and much more, read The Common Origin of Religions and Theology.)
Its exact origins are murky, but it is commonly accepted that Saturnalia was celebrated, in one form or another, centuries before Christmas and the birth of Christ, and honors the Sun winning the battle with the winter darkness and the days beginning to lengthen again.
The celebration changed over the
centuries, but a main characteristic was the killing of a
sacrificial scapegoat, who was intoxicated with food and drink only
to meet its demise when the solstice arrived. Such practices
continued and developed throughout Europe over the centuries, and
over time, Gypsy and Jewish people were frequently made the
scapegoats, an early example of killing in the name of beliefs and
deities, which continues to this day.
It's no judgment, just fact:
They know how people think and thus,
steer how people think, and institutionalize our collective thinking
into a culture that does and accepts what they want as the norm,
forgoing truth to a new, cultivated narrative - without ever really
questioning its purpose.
Today, Jesus Christ arguably plays less of a role in the most people's Christmas celebrations than the Santa Clause story.
Many people who celebrate Christmas are
more acquainted with Santa Claus and his elves than Jesus and
his Apostles. The majority who celebrate Christmas do not attend
church or celebrate (their interpretation of) Jesus Christ
any other time of the year, and only celebrate his 'birth' as an
image, an archetype, without looking into the details of his life,
death, and teachings.
We all know it's a lie, but most of us don't question its effect on our children's psychological and spiritual development.
The Santa Claus story is not the worst of the big lies, not by far; especially when compared to the lies that underpin the financial, political and education systems, energy and resources, nuclear experimentation, and countless other industries that destroy our Earth Mother; or to the lies that inspire people to kill on behalf of religious, or national institutions.
But it is one of the big lies in our
lives, and it does have an effect - and arguably, a purpose.
But the part of the process most difficult to defend is that our children learn, either in a moment of revelation or a period of increasing suspicion, that everyone has lied to them.
And, just as their sense of magic and reality is put to the test, we ask children to help preserve the lie for others - until, by ritual, the time of magic and wonder then expires for them, too.
Instead, let's celebrate the true magic and wonder around us - just as we did before Santa and Jesus began vying for our attention each December - and make this time of year a time to honor the wondrous cycle of life, the turning of the seasons, and the abundance they bring.
That's the kind of magic we can all rejoice in, together, for a lifetime.
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