This post came through my social feed by a friend who is deeply religious. If you ever needed an example of cognitive dissonance, this is perfect.
Understandably, kids will outgrow this belief of the Tooth Fairy, however are still conditioned (by their parents who are theists) to hold true to their religious/spiritual beliefs.
I find this fascinating. It made me wonder where the concept of the Tooth Fairy originated. It turns out that it quite possibly could have been over 1,000 years ago from the Norse tradition of using children's teeth as good luck symbols especially in battle. Instead of just taking them, they paid for them in a fun way. I imagine there were some entrepreneurial Norse who made a tidy sum on the molar market.
Having been raised in a churched family whose Christian faith could not, and would not, promote Santa Claus, and were taught to recognize the mythical fairy tale character, ol' Saint Nicholas, as the furthest thing from a saint, long before grade school, I understand this sentiment fully. As little kids, we all knew where our gifts came from, as well as who actually put the money under our pillows when we would lose a tooth. And our poor Mom had better not forget, or we'd give her hell the next morning! Having been raised in a faith that was narrow and exclusive in its doctrines, as opposed to being inclusive, made it all the more easier for me to eventually reject the last god standing.
And in OUR Roman Catholic HELL hole...we ate BAKED HAM for Christmas dinner...because...what better way to celebrate the birth of a Jewish Messiah than eating PIG FLESH...
Sure sounds like QAnon MAGA death cult members trying to be main stream legitimate!!!
I wouldn't deprive young kids the adventure of believing in fairies. As a child I would sneak a book under the covers at night and when I was put to bed and told to go to sleep I would enter my adventure land and read all about fairies. I turned out all right: sane, thinker, with a creative, artistic mind, and I'm here in this site.
This wasn't meant to deprive children of imagination, however, highlight how this post was shared from someone who is extremely religious (so technically, having their child believe in the tooth fairy goes against the commandments, IF you want to play by the bibles rules).
I recall that coin from the Tooth Fairy was incentive to break that last bit of tissue to pull an essentially lost tooth out. It was painful for a young kid and getting some money helped make it worthwhile.
That is true. Parents tell us to outgrow these beliefs yet we go with them every Sunday to talk to their imaginary friend. Honestly that is pretty funny
Tell them the tooth fairy looks like this and they will throw their teeth far away.
@BufftonBeotch yes, I see that, but with the massing of them they are reminiscent of blooms or rice crispies ( I’d be much more concerned with those still in a jawline than decorative teeth).
A bribe to get children to allow adults access so we can keep them healthy is far more useful than a god. That’s all the tooth fairy is, a bribe. God however is adult authority over adults and the most manipulative shit in the universe.
Agreed, the tooth fairy is almost like "God-diet" or "God-lite", the starter pack of a false god/belief system, "now for kids!"
@Willow_Wisp - Certain Christians believe Santa is occultist too. JW's for one, but they are not the only ones. They have to be awfully immersed (brainwashed) into their religion to attack Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Hmmm, sounds like Pitch Black from "Rise of the Guardians".
I don't know, I saw "Tooth Fairy" and the Rock wasn't very little or very cute.
Personally I find him very cute I’m not much for celeb crushes, but he seems like a real nice chap too
That's a stretch. Comparing the tooth fairy to religion. I mean that's stretch Armstrong stuff
@MacStriker nope it's still a stretch and a pretty bad comparison if I'm being diplomatic about it. This is literally the "Marijuana is a gateway drug" argument
@redhog interesting. I do like that comparison you presented, because Marijuana isn't the gateway drug for some, but for others feel it is. Much like how some see the original post as a good comparison, and other(s) [you] don't.
Oddly enough, whenever I equate their god to the tooth fairy, they get really offended.
When i've done that, the usual defence is, "but the bible...." claiming, the tooth fairy is more 'fun' and doesn't need more context justifying it's existence. Strange, i never recall as a child, questioning things about the tooth fairy's existence, does it hang with other fairy's? Guess I was so distracted by the money as a kid, all skepticism fell by the wayside. LOL
At least a kid gets something tangible from the Tooth Fairy (or Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc.) even if it is delivered by a proxy.
Yea, i kinda wondered where the concept came from, thank you for sharing!