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Magical Thinking - Are you Guilty of it?
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Post 1 made on Tuesday November 27, 2012 at 14:21
Long Time Member
October 2011
Is a business model outside of the apple eco-system (or similar) simply wishful thinking or is there something to the reality distortion field becoming the norm?

"My oldest son lost a tooth yesterday and called me with all the eagerness that a seven year old could muster about the event. Rooster, my name for him - no not his given name, was excited as this is a milestone, to him, toward teenage hood that others in his class were experiencing with more regularity. He was revved up like a rockabilly front-man in new town about getting a golden dollar from the tooth fairy. Gonzo, my youngest at five, expressed concern about the fact that an unknown and nocturnal creature would be in their shared room while he was asleep and unaware.

“How does the tooth fairy get into the house and put the money under the pillow” - Gonzo asked.

“Magic silly” answered Rooster.

“But magic isn’t real” retorted Gonzo

“If magic is not real then the tooth fairy can’t be real, mommy?... is the Easter bunny magical?” asked Gonzo."

Now here is the quandary. While some would simply gloss over the question with a ‘yes dear’ they use good magic’; I have never been fond of what I call magical thinking, of retelling the tales and lying to my kids about what I know is a fallacy that will either lend them to believe anything can be true or reject everything. To be honest, my sons would not allow such a glib off putting. Once my oldest came into an understanding of Christmas I wanted to de-stress telling him that Santa Claus was the deliverer of gifts, as you can expect I lost this ‘discussion’ with my wife as soon as she stated “don’t you dare”. If you are married you understand. I realize that this makes me sound like the kind of person who reads Charles Bukowski while Joy Division plays in the background but the reality is quite kinder than that. Still I do refer to ‘the Santa Character’ when I speak of him, but I do not overtly correct my kids. So it came as no surprise that my youngest would try to rationalize his fear by deconstructing what was causing him concern and that my oldest would try to accept it, despite himself, because there was the immediacy of money to be had if it were true.

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Last edited by TuckerTues on November 27, 2012 15:23.
One part punk intelligista , one part pagan ritual and one part musical rapture, Shaken liberally with a twist of technorotica and a jigger of ADD.

Post 2 made on Sunday February 3, 2013 at 18:45
Ernie Gilman
Yes, That Ernie!
December 2001
On November 27, 2012 at 14:21, TuckerTues said...
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Why on earth would I do that?

We are all guilty of magical thinking every day as we go about our lives forgetting that we will die. You are guilty of magical thinking and teaching it to your children when you do not remind them at breakfast to do their best each day because they are going to die.

But, as you probably know, if you DO stop this magical thinking, suicide becomes a reasonable option.
A good answer is easier with a clear question giving the make and model of everything.
"The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." -- G. “Bernie” Shaw

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