Does my butt make my blog look fat? [FPQ]

Fernando presents another provocative question for our rumination (moo!)…

“Is it better to know or is it better to not know?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And most important, have fun.

My answer… it depends! If we’re talking about facts, then it’s better to know. I don’t want data kept from me, do you? Unless it’s a matter of national security, I want the truth out there. Transparency, baby. I don’t want information deleted, redacted, hidden, buried, omitted, glossed over, lied about, etc. Just give me the facts.

But if we’re talking about feelings, then that’s a different thing. I’m not of the school that all feelings need to be expressed ~ that’s a hippy dippy concept and I don’t buy it. My parents believed it, and I witnessed firsthand how destructive it was. No, you will not implode if you don’t blurt out every nasty thought that pops into your head. Have some self-control! I don’t need to know if you think I’m a silly boring vain obsessed cat lady ~ just unfollow me and move on with your life. Easy peasy.

There’s a topical piece of news relevant to our discussion: a substitute teacher in NJ was just fired for telling a bunch of little kids there is no Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc. Parents were horrified she spoiled the “magic” of Christmas for their “innocent” children by um telling them the truth, and they had to fix things by doubling down on the lying, I guess.

Personally, I find it hilarious and sad. I think the teacher was wrong and possibly stupid. Why would she do that? Everyone knows how nutty some parents are about this stuff ~ I experienced it myself when I mentioned the Santa “myth” in what I thought was an adults only Usenet group and people freaked out because some of them had little kids peeking in. But a teacher, directly saying it to kids? Weird.

A huge number of parents do begin their children’s lives by promulgating this massive Santa lie (along with those others), and get enraged if anyone spoils it early, while simultaneously insisting on truth as a high value. Eventually the kid finds out the truth about Santa and knows his parents made it all up, etc. I’m not sure how that’s reconciled with “don’t lie to me!” because I wasn’t lied to about magical beings nor did I lie to my kids.

But… to each their own. 🎅

15 responses to “Does my butt make my blog look fat? [FPQ]

  1. I generally think you’re right, but when it comes to the feelings of others, I think it’s better to know how they feel than to try and guess and be wrong. At least that’s how I think I feel about that. Who knows?

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  2. I’m fond of saying that I have faith in the truth. Because I do. But the truth can easily be abused, just like any other thing. What’s in people’s hearts determines everything. Obscene greed or glorious generosity. Idiotic selfishness or beautiful kindness. Growling destructive malice or biting humor.

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  3. A good view on the question.

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  4. Ohhhhh – is that his question of the week for other bloggers to answer – I presumed it had something to do with knowing what other bloggers wear or don’t wear skiing?
    Oh he is going to love the Fernando reference!

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    • Hehehehe! Please do answer on your blog ~ the more the merrier 😀

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      • I will try if I have time later.
        I keep wanting to do a post in response to Fandango’s questions. I think he is posting them every Wednesday. I work Weds, Thursday and Friday – long hours (I am on my break now).
        I schedule my posts for those days in advance. So by the time I get to the weekend and have some time to write again, I have usually forgotten the idea I had.
        Still I am sure I have a Thursday off soon, so I will try to make it a priority that week.

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      • I know what you mean. I have to let a lot of prompts float away… not enough time.

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  5. Truth wins out in the end, because in the long run, it’s better to know . . . anything. A lie is always short-term. Evil has no foresight, so said Zoroaster.
    I still don’t feel comfortable telling the truth, much of the time, in instances where it would hurt someone — in the sort term.

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  6. Reality didn’t hurt me but I was a rather literal child. I knew Santa wasn’t real at a very young age because the santa at the department store had brown eyes and every picture I’d seen of the jolly old fellow showed him with blue. I liked believing in the tooth fairy, even though I knew it was one of the parental units. I still loved the idea of them sneaking in while I was asleep to replace my tooth with money. Kind of like watching magic shows as an adult; I know it’s all illusion, but I still enjoy it. The world needs both truth and fantasy.

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    • I snuck stuff to my kids, but they knew it was me. One of their favorite things was when I put a “golden ticket” in a candy bar in their lunches after we saw Willy Wonka. 🍫 🎫


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