When Paul was a small kid, there was no question in his mind about the existence of Santa Claus. Near Christmas time, every TV program he watched, every song he heard somehow presented the image of this magical being who gave free gifts to “good” kids.
He had some pictures taken with Santa at the mall. At Christmas time, he had some gifts under the tree in his home, coming from “Santa.”
The question if Santa existed or not, wasn’t lingering in his mind. Of course, Santa was real!
As Paul grew up, he didn’t remember how, but he realized that Santa wasn’t “real” after all… He lost interest in him… but he never made a big deal about this finding. As a matter of fact, Paul continued supporting this belief for the other small kids around him and even for his own kids….
Is Paul a dishonest person? Why doesn’t he disclose his “truth” to everyone and why he doesn’t make a campaign to reveal that Santa Claus is a gimmick, a lie?
Simply because Paul understands the “timing” of everyone. He was a kid. There are some kids that also are experiencing that phase. Paul understands that the most important part about Santa, is not about his existence, but the gift that he brings with him. That gift will be taken by several kids in different ways, but those kids will know for sure, about the importance of being a “good kid.”
Paul is respecting everyone’s process without thinking about it, because in his heart he knows about the smiles and sense of gratitude that he experienced at Christmas time, because of receiving a gift from Santa.
Mr. Brainy Morality may add: “Paul is a liar. Lies are bad.”
Avyakt7 may add: “What a beautiful lie! Isn’t beauty what is truthful?”
Many times in the world of Spirituality, we have different religions with different beliefs. Religions will claim to have the “true Santa” with them. Their task will be about demonstrating others that they indeed have the “true Santa” all for themselves. In this way, they will be limiting the universal appeal of Santa… and his gift.
However, those religions will forget the most important thing about Santa: The gift.
Santa is important because of the gift. That gift is given if you are a “good kid.”
Being a “good kid” is not related with “doing what a good kid is supposed to do.” It is foremost about having that innocence, that sensibility, that openness and trust that a kid already has but somehow starts losing when his belief in Santa begins to disappear.
The gift that keeps that innocence shining is indeed a valuable gift.
Beliefs come and go. That gift is the “real” thing.
The truth without words. Paradoxically,there is no gift from “Santa” without Santa. 🙂