Leann pointed out to me some garbled nonsense I had put in the exam prep. There was a series of answers to a question about we can learn from future contingents (omens).
I would like to clarify what I was on about here!
First of all, an omen is about what may happen in the future. A contingent is something that may or not happen. For example, you may get wet if it rains. But you can take precautions if you listen to the warning. So getting wet is not necessary, it is just contingent. Having brain function and breathing is necessary to live.
What use is an omen if it is fictional? In other words, what use is a future contingent warning if it is just made up?
Made up monsters have no bite. Purely fictional monsters pose no threat.
This is the point of realists, and is the thrust of Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age".
If Santa, fairies and goblins are purely fictional, so is any future contingents they may point to.
But if Santa, fairies and goblins are archetypes of something real, "then we should listen to them" (Tolkien).