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The Tooth Fairy (or Easter Bunny, or Santa Claus . . .): a fun and harmless fiction, or a pointless justification for lying to children?
Every kid needs something to imagine to as a means of developing his/her character. The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are mere fiction that helps us become imaginative in our formative years. Like when the Tooth fairy gives us a dollar if we put our loose tooth under our pillows, or when Santa Claus give us gifts during Christmas eve; such stories teaches children to hope. And quoting Suzanne Collins from The Hunger Games: “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear”. By hoping, we could always say to ourselves that there is another day waiting for us, that something better always comes along. I think that both applies to both children and adults.
I really don’t think that these stories are lies or pointless justification. Snow White is a fictional character but you cannot just say it is a lie. Having considered such characters as a lie, then we strip ourselves of widening our imagination which I think helps us in our development and in the real life. It makes us creative about things and maybe in the future, we can turn those pieces of ideas into a reality.