I’m watching a movie called The Hogfather, which is based on a book by Terry Pratchett, and is about a world similar to ours that has a holiday similar to our Christmas called Hogswatch. Instead of Santa Clause they have a Hogfather, but a certain group wants the Hogfather killed off, yet Death tries to stop them because if the Hogfather ceases to exist then the sun won’t rise. This is a bit of a spoiler, but this is a conversation at the end between Death and his granddaughter that really helps save the day. Death’s part is in all capitals. I just thought it was worth sharing because it always bothered me when people think it’s wrong to let a child believe in Santa Clause, because it’s a ‘lie’, but I never thought it should be considered a lie. Some things should just be believed in, some things need to be believed in, and as a child there should be that hope, that wonder, the possibility that magic really does exist.
“WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF YOU HADN’T SAVED HIM?
THE SUN WOULD NOT HAVE RISEN.
“Then what would have happened?”
A MERE BALL OF FLAMING GAS WOULD HAVE ILLUMINATED THE WORLD.
“All right, I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”
NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers?”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET YOU TRY TO ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“But people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”
YOU NEED TO BELIEVE IN THINGS THAT AREN’T TRUE. HOW ELSE CAN THEY BECOME?
As crazy, odd, and slightly creepy as this movie was… there are a lot of scenes that give you something to think about… and that’s what I like about this movie… and I’m thinking I should check out his books…