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Is Santa Clause a Conspiracy?
Is the myth of Santa Clause a conspiracy?  
 
After a certain age we all understand Santa Clause is only a childhood mythical character and that his existence depends entirely on many people lying.  Is that a conspiracy; many people knowingly lying?
 
My dictionary says a conspiracy is: combining for evil purpose.  So I guess the question hinges on whether Santa Clause has an evil purpose.  Most would answer no.  But then some, who are more environmentally aware know that Santa Clause and buying presents has become intertwined into a commercially obligatory ritual, where good feelings are directly connected to consumerism.  You know, that mindless activity of digging up raw materials, applying energy to the manufacture of shinny, colorful trinkets, then burying them in the landfill some short time later when our interest fades.  That might qualify as evil.
 
Perhaps, even though most would not think Santa Clause is evil, we can still examine this question of how the myth of Santa Clause is maintained and relate it to how a real, evil conspiracy sometimes works.  
 
We might even unravel, how we are sometimes witting or unwitting participants in conspiracies and willingly contribute support to a conspiracy, hinging entirely upon our belief of it being good or evil.  We sometimes knowingly lie or overlook a lie if the reason is to support 'good.'
 
How is the myth of Santa Clause maintained?  By lying.  Even if you argue that the myth is for 'good' and not a conspiracy, it may still be useful to see how the lie works. 
 
Perhaps we could learn most from examining what happens when a child begins to be suspicious that Santa Clause is a lie?  His first thought might be, how many people including my parents would have to be in on the lie.  Do they all get together at secret meetings and agree to lie to him?  How are so many people in on the lie?  Those questions might remain a mystery even after he proves to himself, it is a lie.  But later on he is able to see the mechanisms at work and how they apply to even more serious subjects.  Or even, real conspiracies, the ones that are evil.
 
But lets examine the dynamics of the Santa Clause myth and how a child might act upon his suspicions?
 
Take the visit to the Mall where children meet Santa Clause.  The child, perhaps a little more mature than his friends, considers what his older brother might have been telling him, that Santa's beard is fake and if you were to pull on it while sitting on Santa's lap, you will expose the lie.  He thus has a plan to test his theory.  But will he actually follow through and test his theory when it comes time?  Many things could happen and he contemplates his actions.  Is he ready to accept the consequences?
 
Would he simply prefer not dealing with the consequences?  What if the beard is fake and his fantasy is shattered?  Would he still pull on Santa's beard knowing that?  And then there's the consequences of public exposure.  It could prove to be a myth or he might simply make a fool of himself.  Both could be embarrassing.  What will the parents think when he exposes the myth to all the other children?  They wouldn't like him to do that.  Or what if it is a real beard and he will be seen as a fool for believing it was fake.
 
All three outcomes might not produce good results.  Only the truth will suffer by his doing nothing, and what is the truth worth in this case?  Perhaps it's not worth it and he simply keeps his thought of Santa being a myth to himself or perhaps he maintains his own previous belief in the myth.
 
In this case of being too worried about the consequences to test the beard and then maintaining his own belief, the kid convinces himself Santa is real without the test because there are other obvious conclusions.  His parents would not lie to him and certainly no one would put themselves in such a situation as to play Santa when in fact they are not.  That would be a fraud.  And how are so many unrelated people in on this lie?  Therefore Santa must be real.  No test needed.
 
Looking further into this 'combining for good' to support the Santa Clause myth and maintenance of it's matrix of lies, another possibility exist and might even add to our understanding of how the world really works. 
 
Let's say this kid, about to sit on Santa's lap, is highly suspicious and he thinks Santa is fake.  But instead of being obvious he inconspicuously first feels Santa's tummy and notices it's more like a pillow than flesh.  He looks carefully at the beard while Santa asks him what he wants for Christmas, and notices it is fake.  So, instead of pulling Santa's beard, and bringing about all those unpleasant consequences of exposure, he whispers in Santa's ear, "If you give me a double helping of candy I won't pull your beard." 
 
Embarrassed at first Santa grasps the situation and gives the kid an extra helping of candy, quickly sending him on his way.  Some day this kid will be a powerful person with the ability to use knowledge to his advantage.  To his personal advantage perhaps.  Naturally in this case he justifies his actions by not wanting to hurt the feelings of those children who believe in Santa Clause but he may as well profit from his knowledge.  Essentially he has learned to use blackmail to gain more personal power for himself. 
 
There are a range of personalities that might develop from this childhood transition from belief in Santa.  Another is the sycophant or minion, a person who is more than ready to back up and even lie for his superiors.  And those superiors sometimes turn out to be the Santa blackmailer.  And the combination make a powerful duo and feed off each other.  Perhaps you've become aware of how effective this is in your work place or read about it in the news.
 
What do we learn from this?  We learn that at an early age dealing with life is different for different people.  And day to day we might be part of conspiracies if we knowingly support lies for evil purposes.  But what if we neither understand they are lies or that they are for evil purpose?  Are we still supporting a conspiracy?  It would depend upon the knowledge we have about the lie.  But as we've seen above, there are many mechanisms that prevent or help us rationalize our own lack of investigation into whether we are supporting truth or lie and good or evil.  And that means many bad things continue to receive support because, out of fear or embarrassment, we fail to investigate.  Or in the worse case we even profit from them.
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