In the legal world, professional integrity is important. This integrity is shaped by how a lawyer presents him/herself, interacts with fellow colleagues, and many other things. According to the American Bar Association's code of professional responsibility, lawyers are not allowed to knowingly lie. Many different types of people live a life of not lying, lawyers included. After all, the words we utter are a deciding factor in whether somebody will trust us. This all leads to the issue at hand "Whether a lawyer loses any integrity when s/he tells a child that Santa Claus exists?"
Although a simple sounding question, it is actually very complex. The question would read better if phrased as such, "What happens when an adult person tells a child that an obese man can travel hundreds of thousands of miles an hour with flying four-legged animals (that do not have wings), has an itinerary of every single child (the likes of which Dateline should investigate), lives in arctic temperatures with his wife and small workers (who have not unionized) and are likely subjected to more human rights violations than grammar rules violated by this sentence?"
|Thomas Nast created the modern|
plump Santa that many try to look like
in their everyday life.
This question displays multiple mistakes about our society. Here are a few (feel free to highlight some more in the comments section):
1. We teach our children a false science.
This impossible idea shows that a person can defy the laws of physics and survive multiple G-forces with no protective encasement around him in a non-aerodynamic mode of transport. It is also important to mention that Santa Claus is not a relative of Icarus. That is to say, the higher Santa flies above the Earth and thus closer to the sun does not mean he is feeling warmer. To the contrary, it is freezing cold where he flies. Is it any wonder why American students are losing the global competition in math and science?
2. Privacy is not important.
A man has a network that allows him to spy on every child. Now, a child must reason at a rudimentary level, "If Santa can see me while I'm sleeping or awake, then he can see me clothed and undressed." Which must be disconcerting because the child's parents told him that strangers aren't allowed to see him naked. And this same stranger seems to be following him everywhere he goes because whatever store he goes into, this man is making him sit on his lap and tell him what he wants for Christmas. Can we say stalker?
3. This teaches a child poor reasoning skills.
This man is overly jolly, can drink millions of glasses of milk without vomiting (everybody in college knew somebody who tried drinking a gallon of milk in under an hour, never turned out well did it?), can eat hundreds of millions of cookies without getting a stomachache, handle his morbidly obese weight so well that he can squeeze down a chimney (in America, at least, and conform to other cultures as he must when he crosses borders), and has a toy for every Christian person in the world in a toy sack that is roughly about twice his size. As a further point, if this man knows when I have been bad or good and "sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake", then why write him a list of what you want? By right, he should be all-aware and well-aware of what you want!
4. Faith is dispensable.
As the child ages, he'll stop believing in God. Why not? Parents, the harbingers of truth, told the kid that an all-seeing, all-aware being existed. And then, like pulling a rug from underneath a dozing koala bear, that person suddenly doesn't exist and is ripped from the fabric of that child's life.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! A man named Jesus was born on this day.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! His mother was still a virgin after his conception and he came to die for every Christian's sins.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! He wasn't born on this day, he was born in the springtime. Because duh, baby animals are not galloping around in the winter.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! December 25th was chosen because a boat load of pagans had their pagan holiday on this day and the Christians wanted to appeal to them so they switched up Jesus's birth day (no offense, Jesus!).
And, as we know, this was not the only time Jesus was hoodwinked with a quick exchange. He was also partially merged into Santa Claus (along with St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Sinterklass.). A child my wife tutors said it best, "I asked my friend what would happen if Santa died. He replied, 'God would make him come back to life and he would live forever.'"
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I was asked why I don't celebrate Christmas. I replied that I actually do celebrate Christmas, except that I celebrate it as Christmas' namesake would have celebrated it, which means I celebrate it in the spring/summer. Which also means I do not celebrate it because the namesake never celebrated it, rather he simply engaged himself in acts of prayer and self-betterment everyday.
Sometimes, following precedent is not so bad.
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