Let’s Get Rid Of Santa Claus

December 22, 2020

Can anyone explain to me why we still need the myth (or more truthfully, lie) about Santa Claus. Why not just tell kids that this is the time of year we give each other gifts because we love each other?

I don’t believe the lies we tell children add anything to the fun. In fact, as many of us can attest, when the truth does come out it can bring sorrow and heartache to the little ones, crushing their fantasies and forever making them doubt our word.

Those who follow a religion have even less need to lie. Christians for example can explain that the gifts celebrate the birth of Jesus rather than being the result of a merchandising gimmick designed to suck more money out of the parents’ pockets.

Rather than fill our children’s heads with idiotic notions about flying reindeer and a jolly old man (who has a rather unsavoury appetite for young people) why not extol the virtues of freely giving just for the sake of love? Isn’t that a better lesson?

Santa Claus is a malicious fiction and the sooner we rid ourselves of the lies we tell about it the better.

Night Music: Moonlight In Vermont

December 22, 2020

MOMA’s Best Photos 2020

December 22, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art’s magazine — My Modern Met — has selected its favourite 60 images from the year. There is a wealth of beauty and wonder here, and it is hard to select just a few, but these are the three that I selected.

Solitude, Mikko Lagerstedt
Wonder Wheels 1, Kylii Sparre
Abandoned Chapel, Roman Robroek

Wise Words

December 22, 2020

“No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding”

— Ajahn Chah

“None but ourselves can free our minds”

— Bob Marley