Thursday, December 21, 2006
Christmas is a magical time of year. Mostly because it provides evidence that children are incredibly guillable. Maybe it's because we don't teach them enough science in school. Overall, people under the age of 25 are very poor consumers of information. Do they ask for evidence to support the existance of Santa Claus? Hell no. Do they question how a fatass can go down a chimney when squirrels die attempting such ridiculous feats? Nope.
One of the things that encourages childrens' belief in implausable things is our very own government. NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) actually has a website, where kids can track Santa Claus and his journey around the world, using the latest in military surveillance technology. Despite being horrible at developing appropriate acronyms, NORAD represents the "eye in the sky" for our military and our children.
Adults, on the other hand, know better than to simply believe something because NORAD has satelite imagery that proves its existance. Grown-up Americans would never, say, invade a country, simply because NORAD had satelite intelligence that was interpreted by people that wanted to invade said country that showed weapons of mass destruction. The American people require evidence prior to getting behind such a dangerous and expensive venture. And they would surely have a plan and an exit strategy. Absolutely.
Next time you're amazed by the crazy shit that kids will believe, take a good look around. They learned it by watching you.