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Is it OK to lie to children?

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Doreen Kaundur
#1 - 2014-06-17 14:40:26 UTC
topics like Santa Claus, tooth fairy...etc.

I recall the lies and the subtle disappointment as I grew up that I was being lied to.

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't think it's right.

What do you think?

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Ralph King-Griffin
Lords.Of.Midnight
The Devil's Warrior Alliance
#2 - 2014-06-17 14:45:35 UTC  |  Edited by: Ralph King-Griffin
of corse its ok to lie to children, mine would never take me seriously as an adult, never mind as a parent if they knew a fraction of what i have done, regardless of context.

Edit: for santy Shocked what!?
Mizhir
Escalated.
Project Gungnir.
#3 - 2014-06-17 14:45:46 UTC
There are cases where the lies will benefit the children more than the truth. As you said, Santa and so on.

But then there are also cases where parents lie to their children because they don't have the guts to tell them that life isn't always sugar sweet. And that's why we got freakshows like X-factor where some teens gets absolutely humiliated because they have been told by their parents they are good which they obviously aren't.

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baltec1
Bat Country
Pandemic Horde
#4 - 2014-06-17 14:47:54 UTC
What do you mean santa is a lie? I get a present from him every year!
Marcus Gord
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#5 - 2014-06-17 14:52:07 UTC
Doreen Kaundur wrote:
topics like Santa Claus, tooth fairy...etc.

I recall the lies and the subtle disappointment as I grew up that I was being lied to.

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't think it's right.

What do you think?


i don't think it's right, but i'm a cold, harsh piece of work.

i also don't want kids, so not my problem Lol

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Sibyyl
Garoun Investment Bank
Gallente Federation
#6 - 2014-06-17 15:12:16 UTC
It's ok to lie to them, but not ok to brainwash them. Unfortunately, society is OK with both.

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Krixtal Icefluxor
INLAND EMPIRE Galactic
#7 - 2014-06-17 15:23:28 UTC
I'm lied to every day by politicians, stock brokers, preachers, corporations, lawyers, food manufacturers, drug companies........

"He has mounted his hind-legs, and blown crass vapidities through the bowel of his neck."  - Ambrose Bierce on Oscar Wilde's Lecture in San Francisco 1882

Kitty Bear
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#8 - 2014-06-17 15:45:30 UTC
Children should be left to be children for as long as possible
they are rammed through life at an ever accelerating rate, and they fast lose the chance to be a child

let them worry about the biggest lie they'll ever hear, after they've grown up
Dorian Tormak
Rapid Withdrawal
Pen Is Out
#9 - 2014-06-17 16:41:56 UTC
It's OK to lie to anyone.

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Khergit Deserters
Crom's Angels
#10 - 2014-06-17 16:44:57 UTC
I remembering being a little irked when I found I'd been b.s.ed about Santee also. But I continued the tradition and b.s.ed my own kids, because:
-School, TV, etc. were going to do it anyway
-I didn't make a big serious lore thing out of it. I kind of did it with a wink and a smirk.
-I figured letting them go along with the customary fairy tale things wouldn't hurt them too much. I mean, if discovering Santee and the Tooth Fairy were fake really traumatized people, the customs would have died out, right? People would have quit doing them, because they were no fun.
-The alternative is to tell a little preschooler that what their teachers, friends, and friends parents are sayings is all a big lie. That's kind of a heavy burden for a little kid's psychology to have to deal with.
Lido Seahawk
SPHINX RISING
Already Replaced.
#11 - 2014-06-17 17:09:55 UTC
I so want to comment on this thread, but I can guarantee my opinions would trigger a flame war. Must....keep... mouth..... grrrr!

I will say I think the santa stories and such are part of a cultural meme to condition people to just accept the BS that comes later. They are little lies designed to prepare the brood for the big lies....

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Eurydia Vespasian
Storm Hunters
#12 - 2014-06-17 17:58:07 UTC
What about that one that if you fiddle with yourself you go blind?
Rin Valador
Professional Amateurs
#13 - 2014-06-17 18:18:51 UTC
I'm going to have to go with the OP on this one only when it applys to mythical characters.

Being convinced that santa is real all the way till you are 15 years old because you trusted your parents to always do right by you and then being let down like that.... Scars people man TT_TT

"There will be neither compassion nor mercy; Nor peace, nor solace For those who bear witness to these Signs And still do not believe." - The Scriptures, Book of Reclaiming 25:10

Dorian Tormak
Rapid Withdrawal
Pen Is Out
#14 - 2014-06-17 18:34:36 UTC
Eurydia Vespasian wrote:
What about that one that if you fiddle with yourself you go blind?

That was a lie? OK, now I'm really mad at my parents.

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Zimmy Zeta
Perkone
Caldari State
#15 - 2014-06-17 18:36:30 UTC
Dorian Tormak wrote:
Eurydia Vespasian wrote:
What about that one that if you fiddle with yourself you go blind?

That was a lie? OK, now I'm really mad at my parents.


Can't see what's wrong with it....

I'd like to apologize for the poor quality of the post above and sincerely hope you didn't waste your time reading it. Yes, I do feel bad about it.

Webvan
All Kill No Skill
#16 - 2014-06-17 18:40:26 UTC  |  Edited by: Webvan
Doreen Kaundur wrote:
topics like Santa Claus, tooth fairy...etc.

I recall the lies and the subtle disappointment as I grew up that I was being lied to.

Maybe I'm weird, but I don't think it's right.

What do you think?

That those are legends and/or mythologies, not necessarily a "lie". Otherwise every work of fiction and imagination is just a lie. Life would be bland if done away with such things, and difficult to express thought through narrative for various learning and nurturing purposes.

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Dorian Tormak
Rapid Withdrawal
Pen Is Out
#17 - 2014-06-17 18:44:28 UTC  |  Edited by: Dorian Tormak
Webvan wrote:
That those are legends and/or mythologies, not necessarily a "lie". Otherwise every work of fiction and imagination is just a lie. Life would be bland if done away with such things, and difficult to express thought through narrative for various learning and nurturing purposes.

People actually tell their kids that the Tooth Fairy trades their tooth for some money. Lie.

Edit: Trades some money for a tooth, rather.

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Webvan
All Kill No Skill
#18 - 2014-06-17 19:04:49 UTC
Dorian Tormak wrote:
Webvan wrote:
That those are legends and/or mythologies, not necessarily a "lie". Otherwise every work of fiction and imagination is just a lie. Life would be bland if done away with such things, and difficult to express thought through narrative for various learning and nurturing purposes.

People actually tell their kids that the Tooth Fairy trades their tooth for some money. Lie.

Edit: Trades some money for a tooth, rather.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_fairy
Yeah... because we shouldn't encourage imagination in children. We should just tell them that they will have a sad life of hardship and die a agonizing death one day. If a kid want's to believe in fairies and unicorns when they are little, as all kids do and want to, it's not my place to smash their little imaginations. Huge difference compared to a "lie", and to call it such just lessens what a lie is.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything -Mark Twain
Wow, what a liar he actually was, eh?
I don't need to remember the tooth fairy, it's just a myth, folklore, which is just a tradition with imagination for the benefit of children. If you somehow feel wronged by your parents for playing imaginary games with you... well can't help you there.

I'm in it for the money

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Dorian Tormak
Rapid Withdrawal
Pen Is Out
#19 - 2014-06-17 19:14:45 UTC
Webvan wrote:
Dorian Tormak wrote:
Webvan wrote:
That those are legends and/or mythologies, not necessarily a "lie". Otherwise every work of fiction and imagination is just a lie. Life would be bland if done away with such things, and difficult to express thought through narrative for various learning and nurturing purposes.

People actually tell their kids that the Tooth Fairy trades their tooth for some money. Lie.

Edit: Trades some money for a tooth, rather.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tooth_fairy
Yeah... because we shouldn't encourage imagination in children. We should just tell them that they will have a sad life of hardship and die a agonizing death one day. If a kid want's to believe in fairies and unicorns when they are little, as all kids do and want to, it's not my place to smash their little imaginations. Huge difference compared to a "lie", and to call it such just lessens what a lie is.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything -Mark Twain
Wow, what a liar he actually was, eh?
I don't need to remember the tooth fairy, it's just a myth, folklore, which is just a tradition with imagination for the benefit of children. If you somehow feel wronged by your parents for playing imaginary games with you... well can't help you there.

It's OK bro. Let it out. I wish the Tooth Fairy was real too.

As far as I'm concerned, things like the Tooth Fairy and Santa are not necessarily "for the benefit of children". It's a lie, plain and simple. I don't really care, it just is what it is.

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Unsuccessful At Everything
The Troll Bridge
#20 - 2014-06-17 19:40:10 UTC
No, go ahead sweetie, tell mommy how she really looks in those jeans...





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