Be that as it may

We each have our own sets of beliefs or faith on things. Things that may be too trivial to some, yet, a matter of life and death to you. Some call it advocacy, others know it as religion. I call mine personal eccentricities...

This morning, an office mate was telling us about a psychic fortune-teller that his wife had been consulting . Yesterday, his wife felt sick. Apparently, consulting with a doctor was not an option, as his wife readily preferred to seek the advise of this psychic. So, madame psychic had her diagnosis.. er.. predictions (or whatever, making them put so much faith in what she has to say) about his wife's condition. That his wife has a serious heart problem and worse things can happen to him was quite believable for this unsuspecting couple. Of course, his wife was terrified, to say the least. (Oh well, by the way, this couple are well aware about the wife's heart problem, which, in fact was the cause of sickness at the time. They did not bother seeing a cardiologist this time.) Needless to say, madame psychic's amazing "wisdom" did get under their skin. Oh well, how can they NOT believe her? (Go figure..)

"Whew! How could anyone have such faith on a phony fortune-teller's speculations more than a doctor's qualified opinion?" I couldn't help asking another office mate while we took turns filling our mugs with hot water for coffee. She shrugged at the thought, "that's maybe because we'd rather listen to what we want to hear."

"Nothing wrong with that though," a younger office mate quipped. "You can either take it or simply dismiss it.." She, too, related to us her own similar experience.

Oddly now, it struck a chord within me. Though, I've never had an experience of sorts (nor would I ever have one.. really) with those kooks. But what seems to be just plain naiveté beats me. For weeks now, I have been contemplating on faith, specifically my own, as it has been riding on rough waters.

Faith, so it seems, is a conscious effort to prove its reason. One does not blindly "fall in faith" over a reason, or an advocacy, or even one's own eccentricities. (I don't believe in blind faith for that matter.) The truth or falseness of the things we believe in simply cannot weaken our convictions about these things. But then again, the truth or falseness of something does not change, as a matter of fact, whether you put your faith on it or not.  To paraphrase Harriet Martineau "we do not believe in something because we can prove it, but we try to prove something because we cannot help believing in it."

Faith is a choice. It owns you, yet, you cannot disown it.


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