Hey Dad, You Don’t Have to Pretend, I Don’t Believe in Santa Claus Anymore
Those of us that are parents have all lived through the loss of innocence of our children.
We can all remember the familiar bedtime stories told to us, which we, in turn, passed on to our kids.
Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and even a few more. Do you recall looking into your child’s glowing eyes as they made their personal connection to Santa Claus? How did you feel about it at the time?
Most of us, although we may not have realized it at the moment, felt pretty good.
Sure, we were not being truthful with our children, and we knew that at some point, they would come to realize that Santa Claus was not real.
But think back: wasn’t it great that a child believed in something good, something pure? Even if it was not going to last.
This same sentiment is where we are today.
The world has been turned upside down and has become such a constant distraction that it is hard to believe in anything good anymore. Now, being well passed the age of our children, we no longer believe. What don’t we believe in? Today, that is a long and growing longer list.
The “Left” doesn’t believe in social justice, judicial equality, the fairness of economic opportunity, and what they perceive to be many, many more societal inequities.
The “Right” doesn’t believe that they can speak freely and that their rights and liberty are under siege.
Both sides have lost sight of each other.
So what happens next?
This simple question is layered with complexity. One thing is certain, just the like child who has discovered that Santa Claus is not real, the answer does not lie in the past. There is no going back.
Today, the media is not being very helpful.
Left-leaning media is “all in” to support what the Right calls “the radical left.” Right-leaning media, supporting conservative views, is chastised by the Left for ignoring what they deem to be the key issues of the day. So there we have it; a continental divide of opinion.
This brings me to the central theme of this article: “Does the Middle Exist Anymore?”
One of the most obvious and most overlooked aspects of American society is its strong, vibrant, and important middle class. This is what propelled the country to elite status in the world. It underpins the reason why so many people from other countries want to come to the USA and why so few ever leave.
The capitalist system is highly efficient at self-pruning. There is no room for underachievers. For example, investment banking is one of the most competitive of all professions; it has only room for the few, not the many. This is how a capitalist system functions; it is a constant progression of choosing one over the other.
Credit is due to this system. It has resulted in the incredible expansion of technology, science, and economics.
Discover a new way to apply technology, get paid.
Discover a new drug; get paid.
Discover a new financial application (remember the creation of the mortgage-backed securities); get paid.
A strong connection between financial reward and innovation has always been the fuel for advancement in many different fields.
The capitalist system has been so efficient that it has taken us to where we are today.
Today, a few individuals or companies have a greater and greater influence over the many. The recent press censorship by large tech companies is a fine example of the few exerting their power and control over the masses.
This brings me back to thinking about the way it was, the way it is, and the way it will be.
Somehow the “system” has concentrated power. I take no pleasure in reporting this result. It is a simple observation.
Think about it: why is the “Left” so angry? They see themselves trapped in a society that functions on essentially a “dog eat dog” doctrine. They want no part of this. They want to promote a “gentler society, one predicated on respect and human dignity.”
We have all heard their rather utopian messages.
What about the Right?
They want the word “dignity” to be associated with the dignity of work, the freedom of expression, and the liberty of choice – again, we know what their message is.
The next USA federal election could well mark a turning point in history. The US government still has the “power of the people” behind it. But for how long?
The Left’s ranks are getting stronger and stronger as more and more of the Right are left with a smaller and smaller reward because the current economic system is now highly evolved, where those at the top are taking a greater piece out of the middle.
This situation is not a pleasant one to give serious thought to because of the conclusions that one reaches.
Just like our children, when they no longer believe in Santa Claus, and never will again, what happens if the “middle” no longer believes in the “system?”
In conclusion, I will let you in on a little secret with significant implications:
“Both the Left and the Right are part of the Middle!”