Santa Claus and Kids
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 2 January 2011, Question 5
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 2 January 2011, I answered a question on Santa Claus and kids.
Is it moral to introduce the idea of Santa Claus to children – and why or why not? Some Objectivists say that introducing Santa or staying silent on the issue to let the child figure it out for himself constitutes deception and lying. Others say it's a playful and fun game with Santa as a hero standing for justice in a way kiddies can understand.
My Answer, In Brief: The pleasure and value of Santa Claus lies in the meaning and richness of the stories about him, not in the delusion that he's real.
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