This is not a blog about religion, rather it is about the literal meaning of a word and how it affects us.The Webster dictionary defines faith as believing in something without proof. For example I have faith that I will live through the day. I have no proof that I will. I could drop dead of a heart attack or get eaten by a dinosaur. These are very realistic possibilities. Before you make fun of the dinosaur bit, I live in Puyallup and we have a two hundred pound tiger on the loose, so a dinosaur is not out of the realm of possibilities and if there is one, it would most likely try to eat me. The dinosaur that is, the tigers prefer lean meat.
Faith, in a world of science makes little sense. Many of us view ourselves as modern day renaissance people. If it cannot be quantified, tested and then proven true then we say it simply does not exist. It is part of the reason the art of storytelling is dying , especially among older people. Children have faith that the good guy always save the day, the tooth fairy exists and that things will generally work out in the end. They are happier because they do not need proof it will happen, it simply happens. Adults are jaded and have no faith in the unreal world of wizards , giant whales, and zombies. “Prove to me it is possible and then I will enjoy it>” It is an attitude that creeps out from the world of books to the world of real. Prove to me the economy will get better. Prove to me I will find my perfect mate. Never just the simple act of having faith that this will happen.
But we do need faith, if not in the religious sense , then in the daily “Life is horrible and we would go insane thinking of all the bad things that could possibly happen because we don’t accept without proof that today will be okay” sense. A contemporary example of how strong the need for faith is terrorism. Terrorism is based on wrecking faith. Yes sure they claim to have other motives, political religious or otherwise, but the goal first and foremost is to make you feel unsafe when you go in a plane , go to a café or purchase underwear. It is amusing how much the media actually helps terrorists by saying “Your world is dangerous and you need us to feel safe”. The media is trying to build your faith in them as being source of information that can protect you , which it mostly does not .
Much like the umpires behind every Red Sox ‘s defeat, faith is blind. It is simply because it is. We live on a world that is hurtling through space at 107,209 km/h. We trust, we have faith, that an invisible force called gravity is keeping us stuck to the ground. It is the simple act of being, of feeling safe and of not going crazy because we assume , without proof, that our computers will not come alive and eat us that we are able to go about day. Whether or not you believe in a deity, everyone needs a little faith.
Joshua Keidan is the on again off again self proclaimed spokesman for Generation X. Although he hates to admit it he still has faith that the Red Sox will win a World Series this season. He is involved in a covert mission to recapture words in the English language and show people their real meaning, it is like a dictionary but more annoying.