Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Why don’t grown-ups believe in Santa Claus? at Pandagon

Why don’t grown-ups believe in Santa Claus? at Pandagon:
"Actually, now that I think about it, there’s really only one real argument for religion, which is social control. The spirituality argument is really the inverse of the “nice soul, be a shame if something happened to it” argument. Hell is coal in your stocking, spiritual bliss in heaven is the new Nintendo system under the tree. Even in real world terms, your spiritual reward that you get belonging to the church is dependent on your compliance to community’s norms. But the post-death promises are important all the same because otherwise you might get the idea that you can have an empowered exchange of good behavior for social acceptance and for some damn reason, that’ll never do."

wait a minute...
there's no santa claus?

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