First of all, Merry Christmas! I hope you are with your families, friends and other people you like.
I am sitting in front of my parents's huge Christmas tree, overlooking the garden and typing these words.
Whenever it's Christmas, there is the old question: is there a Santa Claus? And should you tell your children there is one or not?
I don't have children yet so I am spared this discussion; however, it didn't stop me from thinking about it. Yesterday I watched the movie "Miracle on 34th Street" in which the question whether Santa Claus exists or not even reaches the court of New York (as it is a Christmas movie, they, of course, acknowledge the existence of Santa Claus in the end and everyone is happy). It made me think as the reason why the judge is eventually conviced to declare Santa Claus as reality is because he is handed a one dollar note with the words "in God we trust" written on it. So, if the state and the banks can acknowledge the existence of God, why not of Santa Claus?
I believe this is true and have been a defender of people who believe in any such things for a long time. I have always critcised that religious beliefs have to be protected and you have religious freedom (ideally); however, if you start to believe in unicorns, eleves and magic, you are a lunatic who needs to visit an asylum. Why? Why is one concept accepted without any hesitation altogether and the other one doomed as madness? In the end, it is pretty much the same, isn't it? All of these creatures are invisible and only strong because people believe in them. All of them dwell in places invisible to the human eye and none of these creatures's existence can be proven or disproven, so, actually, neither party can argue. In the end, it is about believing and, to drift off into a completely philosophical direction, doesn't the belief in it make it real as well? When my little girl in England asked me once whether unicorns existed, I asked her 'do you believe in them?' and she said yes, I told her they would exist - at least in her head and therefore, there was such a thing as a unicorn.
Also, there are even scientific theories which suggest that everything we see and experience is only in our imagination, so probably we are not good enough at imagining so that unicorns, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus could exist.
Of course, there is always this religiously versed person who argues with utterances like 'but Santa Claus is a marketing concept of America, so how could he be real?'
Well, probably God was a marketing concept, too, the best an institution named church came up with.
But I am digressing here as the last thing I want to do is either offend religious people or believers of any other concepts. I don't believe that any of these concepts exist in the very way we believe; however, I think - whether they exist or not - if they help us get through life and do not make us harm other people, why would it be a problem? If praying to God makes you a better person, perfect. If the believe in Santa Claus or unicorns fills your heart with glee, go for it! I just believe - especially at times like these and because it is Christmas - that we need escapist worlds in which we find comfort; however, there seemingly are two kinds of people - the believers and the sceptics. So many people have told me I need to stop dreaming and that living in a dream world can only do harm in the long term and wouldn't prepare you for real life.
I couldn't disagree more. I find the world to be place which can hold dreamers as well as sceptics. My man, for instance, is a sceptic. Through him I came up with a theory, I would like to share with you. I believe people are like everything in the universe: there are the Suns and the Earths. Some people are like the sun; they are grounded, remain and shed their solidity on everyone around; some people are like earths, they circle around the sun, exploring, flinging around, yet always remaining in their orbits (and I know this metaphor is a little twisted, but you get the gist, right?) Without my man being the solid rock he is, I wouldn't be able to circle around him, never rested, never settled and without me, he wouldn't explore the rims of the plate of life and starve in his solidity. Only Earth and Sun together can create the miracle of life - and so can they as people. We need people who are grounded, who are solid and reliable; however, we also need people who believe in visions including concepts which are beyond the understanding of the human being up to this point, otherwise there would only be solid standstill.
Alright, this became really philosophical, I know, but I what I wanted to say is that today, as it is Christmas, we should leave our doubts behind and believe - in whatever it is we want to believe - but first and foremost, believe in the possiblity of miracles and forget reality, as we want to see it, for a night. To loosley quote the movie: 'What is better, a lie which causes a smile, or a truth which sheds a tear?' I don't think it is a lie to believe in something that has never been disproven, so believe and have a very merry Christmas!
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