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12/16/09 Dear Virginia, In matters of faith, such as this one, even the New York Sun will not be able to tell you the correct answer. You must figure it out for yourself. Of course, the authenticity of Santa Claus is very hard to prove or disprove. You might say that proof of Santa’s existence is shown in the fact that he does leave gifts and partakes in the refreshments you leave for him on Christmas Eve. But what if your father was really the one eating those chocolate-chip cookies, and your mother was the one wrapping up the presents on your list? To your friends who deny the existence of Santa Claus, these ideas are adequate proof. But Virginia, there is more to this story. In matters of belief, you must always remember this maxim: “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Although your little friends do not know how Santa Claus functions, it does not mean he is not there. There are things that man cannot fathom, that are only logical in the grand scheme of the
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Unformatted text preview: world. These things (Santa Claus is one of them) only make sense in the mind of a higher power. To human beings, many of whom think that they know or are entitled to know everything, these concepts are unfathomable. Man is merely another cog in the machine of the universe. Like a gear in any other machine, he only understands the parts of the machine which he can see. This begs the question: What about those things that man cannot see? This is where imagination comes into play. Children like you are intimately familiar with this. In recognizing Santa Claus you also recognize that there are things that you dont know the exact function of. Yet you still believe in them, because you understand that they are beyond your cognitive ability. It is important to maintain this perspective throughout your life. -Shweta Patro...
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