Dug this out from an article I commented on about the existence of God back in September! Thought I’d drop it here, as the Santa bit is topical.
If we were to start from now, with no concept of religion, just our technical knowledge and scientific knowledge, the concept of religions which involve an Almighty, would be laughed out of believability.
The concept of God derives from what we were many thousands of years ago, which is an ignorant, uneducated, innocent species. Peoples need for God is innate in the same way as our fear of spiders is. It’s been bred into us, and is now an integral part of our society until, like with said spiders, people go about the task of de-conditioning us.
In truth humans are still evolving, and so, like a child is susceptible to the lie that is Santa Claws, people too believe in a similar figure. Remember all of you who have kids old enough to know Santa doesn’t exist? Remember the years you lied to them about it, building their beliefs with elaborate lies how the man who only came down chimneys managed to negotiate central heated houses without chimneys? How you ate the mince pie then lied about how He’d taken it for the reindeer? And how devastated that child was when the truth was revealed, and the realisation that, his/her parents, the ONLY people that child could truly trust, had betrayed that trust for what appears to be just a bit of fun at the child’s expense.
Transfer that, to us, as a species, but as a species where by only some know/realise the truth. But like an older sister, who knows Santa is dad in a beard, when she tries to impart her knowledge, the younger naive child rebels, so that, the parents, rather than confirm older sister’s statements, choose instead to punish her for saying such things! Because.. to destroy the myth, may cause more hurt than living in ignorance, at least… for a while. Again.. transfer that to a global psyche, whereby people want their beliefs to the point of childlike irrationality.
In a world where these beliefs are gone, all that is left is the knowledge that you not only have been deceived by all you held dear… you too have been the deceiver, and
are as guilty as those who indoctrinated you of propagating the myth!
Just as congenital as our fear of spiders, is our fear of having allowed ourselves to be fooled. Or rather, admitting it.