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  • In the late 1990's, when we were awash with "disaster miniseries" movies on network television, I decided that lying to children was one of the most despicable things you could ever do. It seems like every single one of those movies contained a scene where some child asked, "Is my mommy going to die?" and even though the outcome was obvious the protagonist/doctor/nurse/whoever lied through their teeth and said, "Your mommy is going to be just fine."

    I'm not exactly sure what that was supposed to illustrate, but to me all it said was, "I've got zero qualms about cheating this child out of his last moments with his mother."

    Sometimes the child himself (or herself) was the one dying and told they'd be all right. You know, if I'm going to die, I want to know. I don't know what "morality" makes it right to lie to people and fail to let them know that they or someone they love is about to kick off in the next minute, but I consider it desperately immoral and depraved. I sincerely hope that if I am ever in such a situation I don't get placed under the care of that kind of medical official.

    Then again, I also come from a family where we don't tell children Santa Claus is real, either. Maybe I'm just hyper-sensitive to this.

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    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • I heard a haiku the other day, though I certainly didn't come up with it myself:

          There is no Santa
          Your parents bought all these gifts
          God is also fake
      • Not sure if this will make you chuckle or cry, but one reason my family does not do the Santa thing is that we DO believe in God and don't want children to later doubt because "Mom and Dad lied about this, so they could've lied about that."

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Then again, I also come from a family where we don't tell children Santa Claus is real, either.
      Santa isn't real?