Science Daily/University of Exeter Journal Reference, Christopher Boyle, Kathy McKay (The Lancet Psychiatry, 2016), 11/25/16. "A wonderful lie."
Writing in the Lancet Psychiatry, they say children's trust in their parents may be undermined by the Santa lie. "If they are capable of lying about something so special and magical, can they be relied upon to continue as the guardians of wisdom and truth?" they write. They also say idea of an all-seeing North Pole intelligence agency which judges every child as naughty or nice is -- when considered as an adult -- terrifying.
Professor Boyle, of the University of Exeter, says: "The morality of making children believe in such myths has to be questioned. "All children will eventually find out they've been consistently lied to for years, and this might make them wonder what other lies they've been told. "Whether it's right to make children believe in Father Christmas is an interesting question, and it's also interesting to ask whether lying in this way will affect children in ways that have not been considered."
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Dr McKay, of the University of New England, Australia, says: "The persistence of fandom in stories like Harry Potter, Star Wars and Doctor Who well into adulthood demonstrates this desire to briefly re-enter childhood. "Many people may yearn for a time when imagination was accepted and encouraged, which may not be the case in adult life." The essay concludes: "Might it be the case that the harshness of real life requires the creation of something better, something to believe in, something to hope for in the future or to return to a long-lost childhood a long time ago in a galaxy far far away?"
Note Santa graphics and photographs. Santa and deer from EASY/Webneel, on 25 Funny Santa Claus pictures... Santa blowing snow from One HDWallpaper. Cats from Imagefully.
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