In response to a letter in the Dec. 16 issue of the paper concerning one's right to believe, I agree -- with one exception. I do not think people choose not to believe.
We arrive at a point in our lives when we simply cannot discount intellect and common sense. As I grew older, I simply stopped believing in childhood myths. That included the loss of credulity in the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Santa, and yes, a deity. They all became what they are: man-made myths.
I never chose not to believe in any one of them. It's an enlightenment, so to speak. Believers choose to believe by means of faith, where one believes in the absence of fact. That is one's right, but let's not confuse faith-based beliefs with reality.