September 06, 2015

What does the Easter Bunny, Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler have in common?

Besides being the subject of my blog post, they all exist and command powerful recognition throughout society and time simply because people believe in them. Whether you choose to believe in Jesus Christ, the Easter Bunny or Adolf Hitler is not the point of this blog post, so let’s not get into a philosophical debate about these three entities. I am merely using these three examples of influential figures to demonstrate the power of belief.

Mental Preparation:
As with many of my creative ideas, the concept for this article actually came to me after two glasses of Riesling, a conversation with a co-worker and a bit of research. That’s right, I was using the quiet time to let my mind roam freely from idea to idea without paying any particular attention to the creative thought process.  I find that quite often my best ideas drift into my mind from the ether most easily when I am not thinking of anything in particular, and for some reason I do my best writing after a glass or two of wine.  I suppose that not thinking of anything in particular creates some sort of a vacuum.

Is Jesus Christ Real?
If you believe in Jesus Christ, then he is real; if you do not believe that Jesus Christ is real, then he is not real, it’s actually as simple as that.  The reality is that if you believe strongly one way or the other, no amount of indisputable proof is going to change your opinion because in a sense your very existence depends on which way you believe… just ask a born again Christian if you don’t believe me.  But according to a recent Rasmussen Report, 88% of adults nationwide believe that Jesus Christ walked the earth a little more than two thousand years ago.

And 79% of adults nationwide believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.  Interestingly enough, it is likely that approximately 90% of children believe in the existence of the Easter Bunny because according to the National Confectioners Association, that is the number of parents who indicated that their children received candy-filled baskets as part of the Easter Day Celebration.

Many of those children also believe in Jesus Christ because their parents have taught them to do so.  I wonder whether people in general would believe in either Jesus Christ or the Easter Bunny if their parents did not encourage them to do so.  And on that note, take a moment to think about some of the things which you believe which might affect how you live your life on a daily basis… How many of those beliefs are ones which you created based upon your own personal experience and how many belong to your parents, grandparents and other adults who influenced your belief structure during your formative years.

Do You Eat the Ears or the Tail of the Easter Bunny first?
If you happen to be one of the 90% of parents who will either present your children with a candy filled Easter basket and/or allow other people to present your children with one … how will you teach your children to eat the chocolate covered Easter Bunny?

According to the National Confectioners Association, 76% of adults polled indicated that they start eating a chocolate Easter Bunny by chomping down on the ears first; five percent indicated that they would start with the feet and only four percent indicated that they would start at the tail.

By the way, if you want to deny your children the experience of believing in the Easter Bunny and don’t know what to do with all of the chocolate covered Easter Bunnies which find their way to your house on Easter weekend, you can send them to me and I’ll be happy to set them out on Christmas Eve for Santa Claus, in lieu of cookies.

I almost forgot about Hitler and the Holocaust
It’s actually a crime to deny the existence of the Holocaust in several countries including Israel and 12 European nations, but here in the United States approximately 25% of college students are unable to identify Adolf Hitler according to CollegeStats.org and it stands to reason that you can’t have one without the other.

I watched a video on YouTube awhile back where a guy was walking around showing a picture of Adolf Hitler to college students and asking them if they knew who he was and it seemed like the majority of them thought that they recognized him from a rock band.  Well, at least they recognized him as some sort of icon, but you can bet for damn sure that every one of them would have been able to identify a picture of an Easter Bunny chocolate bunny.

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