It was traditional at the Slacktiverse at Typepad to have open threads with prompts. So not just, "Talk amongst yourselves," but, "Talk amongst yourselves, I'll give you a topic. Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island. Discuss."
And, obviously, the point of the prompt was to jumpstart conversation, not limit it, so if you've got something you want to say unprompted, go for it.
So here's the topic/prompt thing:
My sister is considering becoming a Jew because she can believe it. (The part of this that stuck in my mind is that someone put a Passover mark on our parents' door once and theirs was the one apartment not broken into as a result, so mark on door means no plague here is embedded in her beliefs. The parts I forgot were probably more important.)
The key part of this is "can believe". She believes that the world is full of magical things (I'm not sure if she means it literally) but we destroy the ability to believe with the lies that we tell. Specific examples "There is a Santa; there is no Santa. There is an Easter Bunny; there is no Easter Bunny. There is a Tooth Fairy; there is no Tooth Fairy."
Ok, so I was wrong before, that was the set up, here is the prompt:
What effect, if any do you think teaching children to believe in things (Santa/Easter Bunny/Tooth Fairy/whatever) which are not real has on their later ability to believe in things (specifically religion, but more generally anything you feel like bringing up)?Hopefully that can get a conversation going, and the commentariat will get it the rest of the way.