Reality check…

If you can…

  • desperately search for a car-park space…because you’re running late…without asking an imaginary friend for one…
  • sit calmly, alone in a dark room…without imagining nefarious beings watching you…or hiding in your closet…or lying under your bed…and you don’t reach out to an imaginary friend for comfort…
  • give some stranger in desperate need, a little cash…without imagining some universal spirit took note…and will pour out blessings to you…
  • express thankfulness to those people who actually provided/prepared your meal…and not an imaginary friend…
  • work smart and hard…to achieve something you want…instead of asking an imaginary friend to do it for you…
  • study to understand something that perplexes you…using the scientific method…instead of asking an imaginary friend to magically “reveal” the answer to you…
  • use your best skills and efforts in a job interview…
    instead of asking an imaginary friend to get you the job…
  • use reason without ceasing…instead of praying to an imaginary friend…without ceasing…
  • avoid issuing fake “blessings” when someone sneezes, to ward off a possible plague…or pretending to be able to send magical thoughts that might help someone in need (the proverbial “thoughts”)…or promising the needy you’ll talk to your imaginary friend (prayers), when they are desperate… instead of immediately, practically helping, in a tangible way…
  • avoid wasting time debasing yourself when a loved one is ill, to manipulate  an imaginary friend so they will help out…like ceasing eating food for a time (fasting)…wearing hessian (sackcloth)…ripping your hessian…rubbing ash in your hair (ashes)…dripping extra virgin olive oil on their heads (anointing)…calling for the aged members of your sect to pop around and perform theatrics (elders)…instead of immediately seeking emergency medical attention…
  • understand that, despite all your best endeavors…time and chance…both good and bad…happen to everyone…so serenely and gracefully, with dignity…accept the terminal things you cannot change for the better…

…if you can recognize all the times your imaginary friend failed you…or gave the coincidental perception they helped you…proving your imaginary friend is, well, imaginary…so you let them go…

…well, then…you’ve mentally grown out of the childish fantasy superstitious delusion…that you were programed with (by family/peers/the media/society leaders manipulating the gullible/institutional merchants of superstition)…before you reached the age of independent reason…