The other day I was listening to a lecture and startlingly enough there was a little discussion about success. The startling part is not that there was a discussion, but that the person actually said some thing like: In order to succeed, you only need to know enough to succeed. You don't need to know everything. They are two disparate paths.
She went on to say, that have faith in what we say and do exactly what we ask you to, and you will succeed.
this made me think about the qualities of faith and trust.
Faith is for people who would much rather leave the burden of thought upon someone else. Not that it is bad. It is inevitable, but to what degree is definitely subjective. Without faith, life wouldn't be the same... so is true about thought.
There are a few more observations I made about faith. When you have faith, it automatically becomes the other person's (god's, the system's, the group's) responsibility to see to it that you succeed.
And then there is this one issue, which struck me much later on in thought process. What bugs me about faith is not that I have to trust someone, be guided by someone, listen to someone but rather that I have to be ignorant about other things. If I learnt about other perspectives and other ideologies, then they would clash and executing the things required as per what you are told would be close to impossible.
Imagine educating a child about all religions and let him choose to follow one. Wouldn't the choice he makes be based on some personal bias like where he was born or the teacher that taught him...
Similarly is the faith in modern sciences. We would much rather not delve into the intricacies because they are not relevant to our everyday existence. Somehow applying this for success, does not seem to be very appealing. Probably because we know there are multiple ways of doing it and more importantly, there are multiple factors involved in success.
My fundamental problem with faith is that it also preaches ignorance. I think if this can be somehow eliminated, then we'll have something more long standing. Something I can put my faith in. :D

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