Thank You for the Need To Believe
Beliefs are negated by scientists and skeptics.
Believing is based in and on “faith” or acceptance of something as true without any data whatsoever to prove a damn thing.
But it is an amazing phenomena that seems to occur among humans who have needs beyond the mundane existence of chopping wood and carrying water.
I consider myself a member of the former as well as a member of the latter and have no difficulty integrating these divisive segments of humanity into my personal experience of viewing the world.
Now, I’m not talking about organized religion as a placating placebo for disappointment or fear in regard to mortality.
Nor am I speaking of the kind of magical thinking that gets one killed because they “believed” in the power of their minds to create a force field that was impermeable to lightning and oncoming semi-trucks.
I don’t adhere to the kind of believing that encourages anyone to follow someone else into an abyss of mindless propaganda or mouse traps loaded with false hope.
But I like believing. I like trusting.
I like thinking that nobody knows everything so maybe there’s something more than we can see with our eyes or measure with instruments that we created in all our scientific glory.
It makes chopping wood go faster and carrying water more effortless.
Believing makes us creative.
It nudges us into exploration, makes us feel, imagine, look up, try harder, and wonder at the wonders all around us.
I am capable of dissecting a “miracle” until it turns to sawdust on my work bench.
I am also capable of accepting (or even making meaning of) a random event or a found object in a synchronistic moment.
Coincidence encourages me.
Believing guides my natural curiosity.
I believe in people. I believe in potential.
I believe in the need to believe as a catalyst to personal growth and ignitor of passion toward understanding.
And believe me, this can get me into trouble, but believe this too, I have never accomplished anything that was not supported by someone believing in me or me believing that I could do it.
~ by leakelley on May 20, 2011.
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