This? I don’t Believe…

Chelsey - Hampden, Massachusetts
Entered on May 19, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: question

Hidden in the back of the developing minds of children is a

belief, every Christmas an overly sized, jiggly man who some how sucks

in all his blubber and slides down the chimney with no harm done will

give gifts to children. They believe that every time a tooth is lost

and placed under a pillow, that a magical pixie comes and conducts a

trade of a tooth for money. Innocent beliefs toward magical creatures

come and bring gifts to all the good boys and girls. A large amount of

children believed in these fables at a young age, until the heart

breaking news come out. The fairy tales and pixie dust don’t exist;

it was all just an illusion to bring a bit more happiness and

excitement into the children’s life. But I was the type of kid who

already questioned whether or not that these fables were true and when

I was finally told the truth, I didn’t care at all because I stopped


At the age of eight my mother told me none of these fantastic

creatures were real. I told her I already knew and we went on with a

normal day. When I was a kid, it didn’t come to be a huge shock that

fables didn’t exist because I began questioning how and why at a

very young age. When no one had a good enough answer for me, my

believing in these tales began to have no answer as well. No answer in

why I believed, how I began to believe, and why I still believed. I

never up held a strong belief for long. I couldn’t gather enough

energy to believe again. I didn’t want to be lied to again and

regret believing in something again. Seeing believes, some people

would say, mainly people from the scientific community. But you

can’t always rely on your sight to tell you what you should believe.

The mind can take an object and twist the reality of it into what the

mind takes it as. A three dimensional cut out of Albert Einstein is

presented before you. There are shadows under his eyes and nose and

his head is popped out at you. His white eyes follow your every move

you make, same with his head; it turns with you and seems to be

following your every move. Seems like the features of the head are

towards you but when taking a closer look, the head of Albert is

inverted and you were looking at a hollow mold the whole time. The

Einstein illusion. Something a magician would use. I don’t think

seeing is believing because of the fact there could be the possibility

my mind could be being tricked.

What does believing do for a person anyway? I never really

understood. Does believing cover up a lie? Does believing give a sense

of false hope to a person so he or she can get through a day? The

definition of Believe is to have confidence in the truth, the

existence, or the reliability of something; although without absolute

proof one is right in doing so. I can not let my discussions be based

off of something I have trust in, but do not necessarily know and