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Writer's Block: Give Me Something To Believe In
What do you believe in?

I don't really have writer's block, just too much to write since I haven't updated in a really long time...

I believe that children have a right to have a real childhood. To be protected from the harsh realities of this world for as long as possible. To be able to believe in magic, in Santa, in wishing on stars, in the tooth fairy, in the notion that people are inherently good (which I still cling to myself).

More than anything else, I want this for my kids.

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rageisagift From: rageisagift Date: December 6th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
believing in santa is sooo important

my ex-sister-in-law told her 6 year old that santa doesn't exist, "because it was about time for her to learn the real meaning of christmas and stop listening to false unreligious fantasies." as she got super-religious after the divorce. it traumatized the poor girl and she lost some of her sense of wonder. :(

from then on, i decided, if i ever have a child, they're going to believe in santa clause, the tooth fairy, etc... for as long as they want to. :)
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 11th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sense of wonder is important...only when we lose it do we realize how important.
rageisagift From: rageisagift Date: December 15th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
exactly.

rob's brother was beyond irate because now emily doesn't look forward to christmas as much anymore.
i don't think anyone in the family realized how important the concept of santa is to the kids until this happened.
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: December 7th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing how times change. In medieval Europe, children were thought to be nothing more than smaller adults. In the one room houses of fortressed towns, children witnessed (and sometimes participated in) everything from copulation to killing. Grimm's fairy tales, now adapted to suit the changing times often had gruesome endings that we think of today as extremely "adult". Some of the stories remain in their original theme - like Red Riding Hood getting eaten by grandma wolf (the hunter pulling them out of the wolf's stomach is an early 20th century addition). The original Sleeping Beauty did not awake to the gentle kiss of a passing prince, but to a vigorous raping, from which she awoke, ready to give birth.

I wonder what kind of magic the medieval European children believed in. Perhaps they did not, which may explain the darkness of their age.

One more thought your post takes my mind to - I heard an interesting theory once that I developed further. I think that if there is a fundamental difference in the way people's political ideologies reflect in their values, it is this. Republicans generally believe that the world is a bad place with bad people giving into the worst of themselves. Our task in this "red" world is therefore to protect ourselves from the world and use our swords to cut through the thickets and forge ahead. The Democrats believe that the world is a good place, and that people generally try to do good, while they may fail ocassionaly. Our task in this "blue" world is to do and be the best we can with the hope and assumption that others will follow our example and through mutual goodness, we can have a happy cooperative world that works for all.

So don't "cling". Hold onto that notion with pride. I do.
priyabradfield From: priyabradfield Date: December 11th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your theory that medieval European children did not believe in any kind of magic, therefore the era was "dark" is very interesting to me. It also makes me believe even more in the importance of childhood. Without a sense of wonder, what kind of adults do those children grow into?

I say cling only because it gets harder to believe in the inherent goodness of people. Perhaps I cling with pride though. :-)
shortindiangirl From: shortindiangirl Date: December 12th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
And that's why we choose to have children right - who are by and large, inherently good! So we can see the world anew through their eyes. Full of wonder, magic, and the simple belief in goodness. I think children are born with that sense of benevolence. Before age and experience jades them - jades us all, and we question the inherent goodness theory. If you value your children's belief in magic, then you must value that same magic for yourself.

Like Hobbes for Calvin - who knows, perhaps all that magic is really true. After all, we live out our beliefs unconsciously - our own fears and our own magic comes true for us. Thus we create our realities to some degree with what we believe.

Have you seen the movie Run Lola Run ? I'm thinking of the scene where Lola bumps into the woman on the street. And the chain of events that lead from the bump in the woman's life. If you haven't seen it, put it on your "to watch" list.
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