Did I Pass the Acid Test?

 

So I have set a challenge for myself to set up some questions for faithful people to help me understand why they believe what they do. It’s a very hard task to keep on track with as there are so many faiths and faithful outlooks. To me, faith is believing in something for which there is no evidence. Like if a car sales-man calls you and says

“I have a great car here, probably the best you have ever seen, but if you want it you need to agree to buy it right now and pay for it via (instant payment means).”

Most people would be sceptical, most wouldn’t listen or might hang-up, but supposedly there might be some people that would believe the man, these people would need ‘faith’ to believe the words of a man they had never seen about a car that did not exist for them. If you did exactly what he said and paid in full before even seeing this car, you would need a lot of faith (or trust in sales people).

I think most people would not listen to the car sales-man and his faithful car, although religion and car-purchases are different, there are a few things we could change to put the situation closer to ‘trust’ or ‘belief’. If the person receiving the call knows the car-sales man, has met him and trusts him, then they would have personal evidence that the car sales-man is a good person and is honest. They might agree to pay for the car because they ‘know’ the man is good to his word.

Or, if telemarketing car sales-men where common in this world, and it was routine practice for car sales-man to cold-call people in an effort to sell high-quality cars, then obviously you have more reason to believe that the car is real and that if you pay; you will receive it.

So you see, there are many dynamics to a situation where you need to believe in something without proof, although proof is subjective to the individual. One mans faith is another mans anecdote.

 

So the point of all that musing? I think the only way I can understand why people have faith in the afterlife is if we ***** away the references and get to the underlying feeling behind the belief. I have only one question at this point and have tested it on myself.

My question is

 

Can you explain what you believe without directly referencing it?

 

If you believe in physics, you explain it without typing ‘physics’ or physics specific terms, if you believe in god you will not type the name of god (Call your deity ‘it’), you will not reference any texts from your belief. It’s a chance to analyse why you believe it, or what forces drive your belief, does it make you happy? Sad? Confused? Are you being wholly honest with yourself in your majority mind? Just type what you believe, how it affects your daily outlook, how it makes you feel and why.

 

It is not simple to explain something without actually talking about it, so I have tested myself first with mixed results. Here is what I believe, I did write this with a specific something in mind, although another something started to sneak in.

 

I believe in something that gives my existence clarity and purpose (without being intrinsically purposeful), it is around me in an obvious and evidentiary way. I cannot see every mechanism that drives it, but I am willing to choose favourite possibilities and argue in favour of them…although I may not argue the same next time. This augments my existence by providing me a more accurate frame of reference in everyday matters, allowing me to sense the enormous complexity and vast unpredictability of living and consciousness. I accept that I might be incorrect, and hope for things that might be ideal, but I am willing to accept that the fantastic is unlikely in light of what I believe, and while I might wish for magic, the odds speak for themselves in what is around me. I believe in a universe that just IS, without being more then it needs to be, possibilities and probabilities, all based in what we observe and what we guess. I believe in the educated guess, because without that; everything becomes real.

I believe in the world of brilliant change and plastic forms of thinking and being, I believe in matter of unintuitive complexity, I believe in meaning taken from something which need not have meaning at all. I believe in being the best observer in this universe that I can be, and that means learning why I am here as best I can, based on the evidence at hand.

 

So there it is… my beliefs as they stood earlier today. I enjoyed the exercise, now you try.

 

smebro smebro
22-25, M
Jul 1, 2007