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Posted 6/23/15
Tooth Fairy doesn't exist???



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Bakaneer wrote:

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.


>implying they're not real

we should petition the congress to ban fairies from breaking into our homes and taking away our precious tooth stashed under the pillow.
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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?

That sounds really familiar. Did you lift it from somewhere, maybe paraphrase it?

When a kid looses a tooth, it can be scary. I still remember my first lost tooth (because my loving parents recorded it on tape and you can hear them laughing in the background) where I was crying about how I was falling apart. We joke about it now, but I think that using a fairy to make something that may be scary (even though it is natural) into something acceptable is justified in this case. Little kids are little kids, after all.
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Bullbound wrote:


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?

That sounds really familiar. Did you lift it from somewhere, maybe paraphrase it?

When a kid looses a tooth, it can be scary. I still remember my first lost tooth (because my loving parents recorded it on tape and you can hear them laughing in the background) where I was crying about how I was falling apart. We joke about it now, but I think that using a fairy to make something that may be scary (even though it is natural) into something acceptable is justified in this case. Little kids are little kids, after all.


Terry Pratchett's (RIP) works are amazing That is a quote from the movie version of Hogfather . Although I believe the book passage was very similar to that, if not exactly so.
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AsahinaInu wrote:
NOT ENOUGH CAPITAL LETTERS.

True enough. I blame IMDB

Although, I realize, I should have been more diligent in quoting the (also amazing) Christopher Lee (also RIP).

I really wish I could have seen the dialog for DEATH's meeting with CL as written by Pterry...
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What I am supposed to say to the kid to simplify things? they have to give their teeth values or which one is more right that coins.
What should I say? Uncle Sam use teeth dentist students and leave them coins? XD
Posted 6/23/15
Its a benign myth, as is Santa Claus, and fosters a child's imagination. Most kids learn its untrue in the ..process of normal development
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I'VE BEEN LIVING A LIE?
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Posted 6/23/15
The tooth fairy should not be banned
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pirththee wrote:

Ban teeth ,leave the fairy alone.


LOL hahahahaha!
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Posted 6/23/15
Yes, the vile creature should be banned, just think, some disturbing creature that children give their teeth to. If you have kids, fear for them
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1. Never read and don't intend to read what this came from.
But let me change some words in the quote.

2.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. Me, misery, unpleasantness. 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 misery, one molecule of unpleasantness. 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?

His method of arguing for the non-existence of justice, mercy, and duty is that at the atomic and molecular level, they don't exist, so extending upwards, they must not exist period. By that same measure, death doesn't exist at the atomic and molecular level, so, extending upwards he must not exist as well. He does exist, which is why the argument is funny.

In a world where belief in a concept gives it an anthropomorphic form, there's no reason that justice, mercy, and duty themselves wouldn't walk, talk, and act like people. I'd be surprised if death hadn't met them actually. Perhaps they're not on speaking terms.
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Posted 6/23/15
The fantasy of a magical fairy which will leave you a reward doesn't substantively detract from a child's incentive to maintain their dental health, because as it is losing teeth kinda, sorta hurts. Especially if it's due to poor dental health instead of the pushing of secondary teeth against primary teeth. Blood, swelling, and pain tend to be fantastic motivators to brush and floss, as are holes in one's enamel which begin to hurt the second cold or sugary foods/beverages touch them.

Besides, there is a plethora of films featuring everything from puppets, to animated talking animals, to small children in live action features insisting that children brush their teeth and floss. It's practically demanded by dentists, and good parents are all too happy to force their children to obey. One might bring up children trying to intentionally knock teeth out in order to game the system, but really think about that: are children young enough to believe in the tooth fairy old enough to be unsupervised?

I'm just not seeing the hazard.
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