Twitter and Narwhals and Belief

So, musician Patrick Stump is adorable on Twitter, and you’ve probably seen a few of his exchanges floating around the internet. I like this one. But my favorite is this:

do you believe in narwhals?

You see it and think aww, cute, celebrities interacting with their fans on twitter in a manner as wholesome as a puppy romping in a freshly-mown field. It’s been shared bazillions of times and as far as I know no one has objected to it or made a nasty comment about it. And that’s what makes it so remarkable to me.

It seems like, quietly, without me noticing, we’ve come to a cultural consensus that you only need to believe in things that aren’t real. If narwhals exist, it’s nonsense to ask if you believe in them (except in the emotional support sense).

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