The letdown after Christmas is a natural time to think about some questionable American customs and thought processes, and perhaps to see the fallacies therein. The following comparison list might be helpful in sorting things out.
Myth: Santa Claus lives at the North Pole and has flying reindeer. Reality: Santa is a fantasy so he owns no flying reindeer.
Myth: Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Reality: Christmas is a most stressful season and often a very disappointing time of year.
Myth: Christmas is primarily a religious holiday. Reality: Christmas is an ancient pagan celebration of light following the winter solstice.
Myth: 9/11 was organized and carried out by foreign conspirators just because they are jealous of our freedoms. Reality: 9/11 was a false flag event carried out by domestic conspirators to manipulate the American people into supporting a lucrative war for profit.
Myth: The laws of physics were not in effect on 9/11 when 3 steel-framed skyscrapers collapsed at freefall speed. Reality: The laws of physics are immutable and explosives were required to remove the structural supports which were designed to support the load above and would have provided resistance.
Myth: Two planes mysteriously pulverized three buildings on 9/11. Reality: 47 story Building Seven's sudden collapse many hours after the attacks is so obviously a controlled demolition that to call it otherwise is an insult to even the most narrow minded.
Myth: 9/11 was a sneak attack. Reality: 9/11 was planned out and carried out and covered up, by the highest echelons of money and power in this country and required a stand down order for military air defenses during the attacks.
Myth: The media is a watchdog for all improprieties in business and government. Reality: Most media is owned by and serves and protects the super-wealthy and powerful; it pre-digests their improprieties and regurgitates them to make them palatable for public consumption.
Recalling how disoriented we were the day we were told that Santa Claus isn't real, it is not surprising that our eyes glaze over when trying to accept the reality that 9/11 was an inside job, however, contempt for the messenger does not modify the message.
Loman Chambers, Bend