The devastating effect of religious thinking. We are brainwashed to believe
without evidence in Santa & God from infancy by the people we love and trust .
we get older and start to use empirical logic and reason; (How does Santa
around the world in one night? how does he get in a house without a chimney? how
do his rain dear fly? How does God create things from nothing or do miracles? )
The answer; Magic. Instilling in us a distrust for our reasoning ability. When
the older kids try to convince us with logic,reason and even evidence that Santa
doesn't exist, we ignore them in favor for what we choose to believe. "It is a
sin to listen to Atheists or even question the word of God."
As a result we are programed to perceive reality as we choose to rather than the
way it is,
We distrust our own reasoning ability and ignore contradictory evidence if need
We disregard the objective logical rational advice of other well intentioned
We place our hopes in luck or some external intervention.
As adults who no longer believe in Santa and maybe not even God; we create
problems that need not exist and are incapable of resolving real problems many
times because of this puerile conditioning.