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Posted 6/22/15
Personally didn't get affected by the tooth fairy business much when I was a kid and I also knew it was my parents who gave me the money. If they think their teeth are worth a quarter then you can show them people with bad teeth or dentures and see if they learn anything from that.
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No.

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Posted 6/23/15
Make tooth fairy and Santa and Easter bunny be multi-dimensional beings or astral projectioned spectors.
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Nobodyofimportance wrote:



Commenting on how hilarious it is that death just argued his own non-existence there.
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How so? He's an anthropomorphism of death in a world in which belief makes a thing real. Even if people didn't believe in the walking talking skeleton Death, death would still exist. So I can't really see it that "Death" doesn't exist when big D Death is just a representation of little d death. Especially when he does exist in that world.
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I don't think the idea of the tooth fairy should be banned. It's about the only thing that made me allow anyone near my mouth to help me get rid of loose teeth. If I didn't know or assume that money would be there, I wouldn't have allowed it because it hurt so much. D:.
It encourages imagination. There's no harm in the tooth fairy.
The only harm would be is if someone didn't tell kids that their teeth fall out if they aren't brushed after, and that they DON'T get money for this. But they are.
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I think it's a good idea to teach children that you can sell parts of your body to strangers for money. What's the worst that could happen?
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They learn a truth of the world that some first world folks get shielded from a little early? If an Indian or Chinese family needs money bad enough, as long as someone is healthy enough they may very well be selling a kidney.
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There's no need for a ban. Not every child grows up with the tooth fairy myth,I didn't have the Santa belief either. Yet we still got money for our teeth and we knew who gave it to us.
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Posted 6/23/15
Ban teeth ,leave the fairy alone.
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Omni42 wrote:Even if people didn't believe in the walking talking skeleton Death, death would still exist. So I can't really see it that "Death" doesn't exist when big D Death is just a representation of little d death. Especially when he does exist in that world.


Sir_jamesalot wrote:

I always thought it's a bad idea to teach children their teeth are worth money when they're out but not pay much attention to their value when they're in.
The kids I've met don't seem to have a good understanding of the value of coins and will see them in the same light as notes.


All the angry atheism in the world, and all the Terry Pratchett quotes you can dig up, won't stop kids from losing their baby teeth. (No, we did remember that it's something nature makes us lose anyway, not that we're "selling ourselves for cash"? Oh, sorry, silly of me, of course we did.) And certainly won't stop them from feeling some minor sense of celebratory maturity because of it, and showing it off to everyone.
If you're looking for scientific truths of the world, there's another one right there--Might as well make it fun. Notes worked just as well, if you're using the Evils of Capitalism as an easy credibility-button.
Are we truly THAT desperate for a shock/relevant argument against "imaginary" constructs?


Sir_jamesalot wrote:edit: How do you explain why the fairies collect teeth?


Used to have the old children's book that showed how she needs them for the ivory, to make keys for the little piano she plays.
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Posted 6/23/15
Nah, I think it just gives positive reinforcement to a childhood. $5 for a tooth? Count me in. Why ban something so innocent?
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Ejanss wrote:

All the angry atheism in the world, and all the Terry Pratchett quotes you can dig up, won't stop kids from losing their baby teeth. (No, we did remember that it's something nature makes us lose anyway, not that we're "selling ourselves for cash"? Oh, sorry, silly of me, of course we did.) And certainly won't stop them from feeling some minor sense of celebratory maturity because of it, and showing it off to everyone.
If you're looking for scientific truths of the world, there's another one right there--Might as well make it fun. Notes worked just as well, if you're using the Evils of Capitalism as an easy credibility-button.
Are we truly THAT desperate for a shock/relevant argument against "imaginary" constructs?


What?




nanikore2 wrote:

Ban daylight savings time first, because that's what really annoys me.


Change the earth's orbit first then we'll talk about removing daylight savings.
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Posted 6/23/15
I don't see why there's the need to ban the tooth fairy. Let the children keep on imagining stuff, and for that I don't really see any harm in it. Sooner or later, they will realize the truth, so as long as that happens I don't see any reason to ban it.
Posted 6/23/15 , edited 6/23/15
That movie was terrible though
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asharka wrote:

Susan: All right, I'm not stupid. You're saying that humans need fantasies to make life bearable.
Death: No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.
Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?
Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.
Susan: So we can believe the big ones?
Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.
Susan: They're not the same at all!
Death: 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... you try to 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.
Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what's the point?
Death: You need to believe in things that aren't true. How else can they become?
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