Monday, January 19, 2009

Faith

Faith is many things.

Faith is the hubris that allows a fool to say, "I am a god, and I can have absolute certainty in what I believe."

Faith is the obedience that allows a monster to justify his crimes by saying, "I was only following divine orders."

Faith is the gibberish that allows the useless to claim, "I and my ancient book are the true source of morality, not the compassion in a good person's heart."

Faith is the opiate that allows the oppressed to say, "I don't need to fight this injustice, everything will work out."

Faith is the double standard that allows the hypocrite to say, "I can tolerate evils among my own that I would never accept in anyone else."

Faith is the roulette wheel that allows the occultist to say, "These particular technologies are inherently immoral, regardless of the help they can provide."

Faith is the pair of dice that allow the obsessive to say, "These arbitrarily chosen things are wrong just because."

Faith is the worldview that allows the postmodernist to say, "Reality changes for me when the truth is inconvenient."

Faith is the blindfold that allows the mystic to say, "My beliefs have no evidence, my beliefs have no logic, and this is both right and good."

2 comments:

Bourgeois_Rage said...

Bravo.

Lifewish said...

Can I suggest an addition along the lines of:

Faith is the blindfold that allows the mystic to say, "my beliefs have no evidence, my beliefs have no logic, and this is both right and good."

I know a few religious folks who are fairly open about this (I respect their honesty even if I don't like their methodology). They would have trouble seeing their variety of belief reflected in your bestiary of faith.