I believe in Santa Claus, and I am a rational, realistic, intellegent person. I've seen Santa Claus. Thing is, it's not a fat man who lives at the north pole in a red, non-fur-friendly suit; that's a advertising concept created in the late victorian era. It's a spirit that takes people. It's a spirit of giving and happiness, and it is as real as the seat under my ass.
"God" works on kinda the same principle, in the way you are getting at. It's faith, and faith, by its very nature, is a concept without tangible evidence. Evidence creates fact, and faith is not fact, but that does not make it any less real.. --Wade
This is sarcastic, right? You can't be serious.
There is no "spirit of giving." This is called idealism, and it doesn't work. It's not a beautiful idea. People give, people do nice things, people take, people do bad things. There exists no representative of this in the universe. You see people do giving and wonderful things, you give the credit to the person, not a non-existent "spirit of giving." This takes away any possible moral autonomy, any possible responsibility any individual has for doing good. That's called stealing.
But the devil exists, doesn't he? I've seen him. He's called "the spirit of evil." Therefore, no individual has the responsibility of doing wrong, because he did it in the name of evil, or the spirit that exists inside, right?
Happy Christmas: No, Virginia. There is no Santa Claus. Your parents love you, and they worked very hard to give you the things you see at christmas, because they want you to be happy. They did not do this because of a spirit. They did it because they value you as their daughter, and they found it economically feasable to give you a sparkling Christmas.
Sad Christmas: No, Virigina. There is no Santa Claus, The "Spirit of giving" does not exist, and you need not feel bad, because since this "spirit" does not exist, you were not singled out by supernatural entities to be denied happiness at Christmas. There is no spirit of giving god that decided not to give to you, because you were bad, or forgotten. The children who were given toys were not blessed by a spirit that denied you. For some reason, it was not economically feasable/the weather took away your house/your parents are drunks/etc.
The "spirit of giving" idea, as I see it, can be a cruel belief, just as god-belief is a cruel belief. And just as Devil-belief is cruel and strange. --Alleee