Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Review: 'A Holiday Hazing Santa Clause Syndrome' by Ethan Indigo Smith

California author/poet/philosopher Ethan Indigo Smith is the son of a farmer and nurse who was later adopted by artists. Ethan was raised in Maine, Manhattan, and Mendocino, California. Ethan has traveled the world and has been employed as a Private Detective, a dishwasher, a valet, a snowboard instructor and always a poet. Ethan Indigo Smith meditates, practices Wu tai chi chuan, The Five Tibetan Rites and various yoga. Ethan snowboards and researches nuclear experimentation. Ethan plays basketball and is a philosopher. Ethan is an activist, mainly with the pen, always siding with individuals among institutions. All of Ethan's writing, no matter if philosophy or satire, is focused to enhancing consciousness. He writes towards a peaceful world with a sharp and unique perspective. Ethan is a proud dropout but steadfast scholar. Being a dropout with enhanced observational skills enabled Ethan Indigo Smith to honestly observe and present his research unfettered by institutional hindrance.

For those who follow Ethan’s articles and writing, this book will not come as a surprise. Ethan thinks, and the results of his cogitation offer fresh ways to view old thoughts. In this well written but controversial book Ethan challenges the case of Santa Clause and how the world has replaced the true concept of Christmas with a fairy tale. His investigation is challenging and worthy of consideration.

Some thoughts from the book: ‘The Santa Clause Syndrome instills in us a sense of inclusion and initiation into adulthood and teaches us that once we are in on and accept lies we are an adult.’ ‘The reason there is global war, global atrocity and global environmental destruction is arguably because of Santa Clause Syndrome, which like violent video games is fine when used by an adult, but when an impressionable young mind is overexposed to such ideas, we are distorted to be more open to accept violence and lies. Lessons learned are offerings, not force-feedings. We have got to stop lying to children so as to have them beliefs and wants instead of willful ideas and actual facts.’ ‘The Christmas celebration has largely been taken over by the Santa Clause story. The Santa Clause story is now the biggest part of the biggest celebration in the world and is partially responsible for, as well as providing a clear window into our thinking and being. All the world’s woes are directly traceable to our thinking and being, and some of our confusion can traced back to immersion into the Santa Clause story at an impressionable age. The Santa Clause Syndrome can be understood personally and universally, if people get past the walls that have been built up around the idea that everyone who questions the Santa Clause story is a Grinch. Christmas is the most prominent holiday the world has ever known, celebrated practically everywhere, a global holiday belief system that officially, certifiably, contributes to depression, which leads to all sorts of ill behavior. In actuality it is not Christmas, but the Santa Clause story. ‘

And Ethan closes this fascinating book with the statement ‘My hope is that this opens your mind.’ This young man challenges us to think, and we do need that challenge at this time! Grady Harp, November 17

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