Differentiating What Is Real And What Is Not

“Putting Einstein first: It’s time to stop lying to our children about physics” – ABC News

I will say one thing about Australia’s ABC News, we do get some interesting stories from them, it’s not all about politicians and the global economic mess – although I suppose it is in a way.

One thing is clear, we should stop lying to our children about science. We know today that the world is actually very different from that espoused by Newtonian physics.  So why continue with the lies?

If I can understand quantum physics – though not necessarily being able to explain it to others in great detail – such is not necessary to a personal understanding anyway – then any child with a command and understanding of language and a basic grounding in what is real, rather than what is imagined, should also be fully capable of doing so. 

While we are on the subject, there are a great many other things we should stop lying to our children about.  For instance: Christmas; a fictional figure called Santa Claus who in the course of a single night visits every child’s bedroom, alone, while they and their parents are asleep – incredibly flying not only in the face of reality but in contravention of every paedophilic law everywhere; flying reindeer; Easter bunnies; and perhaps most of all – some man who never claimed to be a ‘god’ but didn’t dissuade others from thinking that he was/is, and who was – if we are being realistic – never in a million years born from a normal woman who through some mysterious non-sexual intercourse with a sort of weird invisible spirit thingy which was therefore incapable of interacting on the physical plain with any person whatsoever or in any way, became pregnant and gave birth to a normal physical child.  What sort of fantastic but totally fictitious story are any of those things to lay on the innocent and malleable young minds of future generations of adult humans. 

I am sure there are other equally fantastic stories told to children in all other cultures.

No wonder the world is in such a mess.   

I am, of course, in case you were thinking otherwise, just as guilty of this as everybody else.  It is a societal thing. A thing, along with many others, that will hopefully die out with the imminent demise of our current weird societies the world over. I will say this in my defence – the years have taught me that this practice of lying to children is wrong, totally wrong, and I now refuse to take part in any of it – even if that means not joining in family or communal celebrations.

I just hope we, or whoever is left, can remember Einstein’s work.  That would be worth saving, and would save a lot of long-term development wading through the cluttered minefields of grey-area thought and dead-end philosophies that we ourselves struggled with.

Always assuming there is to be the opportunity for such a new beginning.

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