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makes me wish someone had been frank with me as a kid and said something similar to this


I wish someone had just told me the truth right up front, as soon as I was old enough to understand it. I wish someone had just said: “Here’s the deal, Wade. You’re something called a ‘human being.’ That’s a really smart kind of animal. Like every other animal on this planet, we’re descended from a single-celled organism that lived millions of years ago. This happened by a process called evolution, and you’ll learn more about it But trust me, that’s really how we all got here. There’s proof of it everywhere, buried in the rocks. That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit. The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years. We made it all up. Like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. “Oh, and by the way … there’s no Santa Claus or Easter Bunny. Also bullshit. Sorry, kid Deal with it. “You’re probably wondering what happened before you got here. An awful lot of stuff, actually. Once we evolved into humans, things got pretty interesting. We figured out how to grow food and domesticate animals so we didn’t have to spend all of our time hunting. Our tribes got much bigger, and we spread across the entire planet like an unstoppable virus. Then, after fighting a bunch of wars with each other over land, resources, and our made-up gods, we eventually got all of our tribes organized into a ‘global civilization.’ But, honestly, it wasn’t all that organized, or civilized, and we continued to fight a lot of wars with each other. But we also figured out how to do science, which helped us develop technology. For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things......"
-- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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That I'd make a difference.
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From Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather", a conversation between Death and his granddaughter Susan...(Death always speaks in all caps in pterry's books)

HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.


“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME . . . SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY. YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME?
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that gay's weren't anything to be worried about because they would never be accepted lie's what happened to america?
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Youngest of four, my older siblings always told me to hold my breath in tunnels or ghosts would haunt me for months never letting me rest.
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When I was small I thought that pregnancy came from full on mouth/mouth kissing.
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I actually believed that if you eat watermelon seeds, it'll grow a watermelon in your stomach. Now, I never eat watermelon with seeds :/ In addition, I believed that monsters would eat your toes if you kept your feet close to the edge of the bed. I watched too much tv.
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asharka wrote:

From Terry Pratchett's "Hogfather", a conversation between Death and his granddaughter Susan...(Death always speaks in all caps in pterry's books)

HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.


“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME . . . SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY. YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME?


Thanks for this! Now to find and read Pratchett's work!
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I thought gay people bleed green blood because of family guy.
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My mum used to tell me stars were grab-able as you grew. I don't really know why. I spent all of my nights for at least three weeks stretching my arms over my head as if I could make them elongate quicker.

Needless to say, you can't grab stars.
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Its normal to have headaches everyday (when I was younger I had headahes constantly)

everyone has a washer and dryer in their home (I took this for granted..)

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I believed that I could talk to trees and the world. (my parents taught me to talk to things)
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Monsters under the bed, Santa Clause, God, Tooth Fairy, you know, the standard stuff.
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my mom used to make me and my sister's run up the stairs to go to bed counting down from 10, if she got to 0 and we weren't in bed she said the tooth fairy would never come again. I was only 2 or something so I used to have to crawl.
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that you can trust everyone and that they have your best interest at hart
and that you should always speak the truth
but when i told my teacher she was ugly and she was everyone knew i got detention

oh and santa clause
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