DAY 186: JULY 5 – The Folly Of Faith

~ Picnic in May by Pál Szinyei Merse

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The group having a picnic is shaded by a tree that is not visible in the painting but its pattern is distinct in the shadow of the grass. The dresses of the ladies seem to glow with a light of their own. Two of the gentlemen seem to flirting while the other two seem to be uninterested with their company.

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Wisdom

I have therefore found it necessary to deny knowledge, in order to make room for faith.

~ Immanuel Kant

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Wit

If there was no faith there would be no living in this world. We couldn’t even eat has with any safety.

~ Josh Billings

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What Happened

1853: Birth of British empire builder Cecil Rhodes.

1950: American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.

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Writer’s Addendum

We all have faith in something in our lives. Scientists have faith in science. Philosophers have faith in philosophy. Christians have faith in Christianity. Muslims have faith in Islam. Whether we like it or not, all of us have faith in something. Its inescapable to believe in nothing in the entire course of your life.

Even the skeptic has faith in skepticism. Although he soon realizes that one can never ever doubt every single thing in life. Its impossible and impractical. But what is faith?

Faith is a form of trust. 

When we say that we have faith in something, what it really means is that we are trusting something although we do not know for certain whether it is true or not. What we choose to put our faith in is essentially what we choose to trust. At an extreme end, faith is irrational. How can we trust something blindly?

The terrorists that flew a plane into the World Trade Center on September 11 had ‘faith’ that they were doing the ‘right’ thing. They believed that they would be rewarded by their God despite killing the numerous innocent people in those buildings. No religion has ever advocated the killing of innocents. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism are all religions that preach a variation of the ‘Golden Rule’: Do not do onto others what you do not want others to do onto you. So why did the terrorists did what they did on that fateful September?

Faith is dangerous.

What we choose to have faith in determines our decisions that in turn forms our actions. To have faith in the wrong things usually mean that you will make the wrong decisions in life. What is right and wrong, however, is always subjective to the individual. Your values will never be a 100% the same as mine. 

To avoid being a hypocrite (and a terrorist), we should always reexamine what we have faith in. Always critically think about what we believe in. The most dangerous things in life are often the things that we trust the most. Never be fooled by faith. Go for a picnic like those few people in the painting above, and silently list down the things that you have faith in.

I have but one Golden Rule: In life, be reasonable.

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