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Tooth fairies, do you believe?
Most who've passed puberty,
don't, but do tend
to keep their disbelief apart from those under the
spell of innocence and childhood.
If tooth fairies were treated
as all-powerful beings
in our culture, with belief in them claimed to lead
to eternal life, with disbelief in them claimed to
lead to eternal damnation or torment or oblivion,
with massive buildings centered around worship-
ping them, with organizations/religions centered
on promoting belief in them, with a huge document
called the Fible describing them with over 4,700
mentions of them, would tooth fairies be any more
real than the tooth fairies you no longer believe in,
if you ever did believe in them?
Well, if tooth fairies were
the center of the religions
most were raised in, in America, chances are just as
likely that songs like Tooth Fairies Bless America
-and- phrases like One Nation Under Tooth Fairies
would be a traditional part of your culture as are
songs like God Bless America and phrases like One
Nation Under God.
And as for belief, you'd
be just as likely to believe
in the 'reality' of tooth fairies if you were raised to
believe they were real as you now may be to be-
lieve in the 'reality' of God (the one you were raised
to believe in).
Think about it.
A claim does not a tooth
fairy make. Same goes
for God, any God, the God of your culture, or the
God (or Gods) of any other culture.
Evidence, that's all that's
missing when it comes to
claims for God, and claims for tooth fairies. Got
any evidence for the existence of either? If you
think you do, is your evidence as applicable to
tooth fairies as it is to God? If so, how so? If not,
If all that's missing from
a claim for God is a God,
then how does a claim for God differ from a claim
for any other unsubstantiated being? Does claiming
a God exist create a God? Does claiming tooth fair-
ies exist create tooth fairies? Does promising im-
mortality or threatening eternal damnation or torment
or oblivion create God or tooth fairies?
No, no, no, and no, not
for those past childhood, as
in childhood, the innocence leads to most believing
in whatever their parents and authority figures tell
them is true.
How does a God that does
nothing differ from a
God that's non-existent? How does a tooth fairy
that does nothing differ from a tooth fairy that's
It doesn't unless folks
pretend a God exists, or
unless an existent God does nothing, and it
doesn't unless folks pretend tooth fairies exist,
or unless existent tooth fairies do nothing.
In both cases, it's make
believe at play, not God,
not tooth fairies.
Is it time that humankind
outgrow their fascination
with fooling children into believing in God, and
leveraging their existence in this life and a sup-
posed other life off of a supposed God, an entity
nothing more than the make believe of ancients
without a clue?
If children can handle the
fiction of tooth fairies
at some point, as disappointing as that might
be for them, as disillusioned as they might be
from being lied to about a fantasy, why can't
they also handle the fiction of God?
Does a claim of reality
make for a reality?
For those who still believe
in God, perhaps you
are best suited to answer those questions, as
for you, it remains a childhood fantasy in which
the social, cultural, religious, and/or familial
influences you exist within are reluctant to tell
you, as they did at some point with tooth fairies,
"Never mind, God is
just make believe."