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|Pez|
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I am a pharmacy tech, and I recently had a small interaction with a child and his mother that made me think. Unbeknownst to the 7 or 8-year-old child who came up to me about a Christmas window cling, he’s the subject of my story.

Photo #1 from North Chicopee, United States by |Pez| made on 2018-11-28 20:20 for Sola

He walked up to the register, and placed a package of the window clings on the counter. He said, “Santa used to have a white belt-buckle. Did you get new ones from last year?”

His mother was trying to shush him, but I knew that his question would probably pop up again in the conversation if left unanswered. I didn’t know why Santa didn’t have a white belt-buckle.

So, I made up some thing about changes in manufacturing. I knew that he probably wasn’t going to fully comprehend it, but he seemed satisfied and nodded in contemplation. His mother laughed, and they purchased the window clings.

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|Pez|Author
That’s all to say that, even as adults, we pursue nebulous questions even if we have no chance of understanding the answer. We only hope to confirm that answers, no matter how arbitrary or nonsensical, are out there to uncover. That there’s some greater purpose; that we’re not just living in a chaotic world devoid of order, reacting to randomized events that happen to us. Religion is the journey to find out why Santa doesn’t have a white belt-buckle.
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Gesithan
Good job I gotta say. I probably would have just crushed that kid. Just flat laid it on him.
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|Pez|Author
Gesithan, Nah, half-fake answers are too fun.
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Nila khannama
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Gesithan
|Pez|, that's true a tall tale can be fun
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flack
Every answer is a simplified version of the truth. Depends on just how simple.
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Gulam Gaus Ali
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Nila khannama
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Steph
I’m glad you gave him an answer, and your answer was a plausible one. And you’re right, it’s nice to know that there are answers out there, even if they’re not always satisfying.
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|Pez|Author
Very true. It’s a comfort that the religious folk can take advantage of. The atheistic see more questions than answers.
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Steph
|Pez|, I don’t know about atheists... maybe there are real ones, but I am willing to bet that most people would pray if they were inches away from the jaws of a tiger. ;) I know I like questions a lot, and I also like knowing what others think the answers might be.
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|Pez|Author
Steph, True. I’m praying to the not-getting-eaten-by-a-tiger deity. The internet brings the philosopher out of everyone. There are oceans of answers, and even more questions.
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Gesithan
Steph, I can speak from experience that not everyone prays when life is at stake.
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Steph
Gesithan, there’s always the weirdo exception.
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Gesithan
Steph, it probably helps that I was raised without explicit religion. But I've always questioned that old saw about "there ain't no atheists in an attack helicopter".
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Steph
Gesithan, if you’d been in my classes, you’d have prayed. There might even have been wailing and gnashing of teeth.
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Gesithan
Steph, hahaha the only religion that managed to stick to me was blaspheming, goddamn! Did you go to a religious school? Was it c a t h o l i c ?
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Steph
Gesithan, no, I was the teacher, remember? And the least religious amongst them prayed during my exams. :D
Gesithan
Steph, as a fellow language lover I take considerable glee in pointing out that "least" and "not" are words far apart indeed
Steph
Gesithan, :)
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Windy
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Steph, interesting, I’ve thought I was going to die more than once, but praying never even slightly entered my mind. But I was raised without religion.
yin ♓ yang
Are we all not Santa, in one way or another.
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Steph
Yes, and anyone who says they don’t believe in Santa has to tangle with me. I’ve been Santa for a lot of years now. :)
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Wasimraza
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Nadeem khan
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Nadeem khan
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Mich Millner (puhn)
I think changes in manufacturing very reasonable, I buy it
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Sami Khan
That really worked aaa
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Jabba Ree 🌹
Pro Creator
Spammer are getting dumber and dumber ☝
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|Pez|Author
They’re just making my life easier, that’s all. :)
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Jabba Ree 🌹
Pro Creator
Hey, it turned into a woman! Ah, plastic surgery technologies are so developed these days!
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|Pez|Author
Jabba Ree 🌹, Truly spectacular.
fusebranch
thanks for sharing👍
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Ibrahim
Thanks bro
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Aman Cheema
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|Pez|Author
Interesting. I’m not gonna delete this comment, even though it’s spam. I guess the bots are copying and pasting the comments of others now.
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5̀øÑ͜ ̕0f Æ̨ ğłīťç̴H
|Pez|, yeah.. Since a while, I call them *talks with mysterious voice* The Echoers. Odd thing to witness the first time isn't it!? Don't worry, you get copied soon. The next evolutionary step will be that you get replaced.. Wait you aren't a synth-bot by yourself do you?!😨
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|Pez|Author
5̀øÑ͜ ̕0f Æ̨ ğłīťç̴H, Would a synth know if he or she is a synth?
5̀øÑ͜ ̕0f Æ̨ ğłīťç̴H
|Pez|, hm.. Good question. But in anyways there is just one way to find it out by yourself, you need to show your human heart. That way they will know undoubtedly. Let's call out for a Synth hunt in the name of humanity.
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