Faith as it applies to the OP of not being smart to some degree is accurate in that the smarter some are they feel the more self reliant they are and they need no faith to function. They have faith in themselves so to speak. That would be all well and good if that person knew EVERYTHING. Unfortunately no one can make that claim. We know enough to make us afraid of that....we DON'T know. If we could just have more faith in others; and of course if we don't find it in others, or if we just had the time to understand everything?
We have established that nothing just goes away. Matter is here to stay; it changes but nevertheless it's here and will always be here and we are a part of that matter and probably the most important part. Fear is what must go.
In a world that survives by being afraid, that's almost inconceivable of what that would be like especially for the self-reliant person who has the knowledge to survive in that fearful realm. What is it that makes one afraid? NOT BEING, that's what! That scares the "hell" INTO us not out of us, ha! Fear is a bummer. My signature sums it up perfectly.
In religious circles it is dismissed by the notion of being "born again". Now that can be misconstrued many ways but in essence in means never not being and if you are good, you will continue to be. Now if interpreted properly all qualify; we're just at odds with what "good" is, ha! What is good for one is not necessarily good for another and that can really screw up that not so "golden rule". Some suffer and seem to think suffering is a part of life. I can only hope they don't do unto me what has been done unto them so I suffer too! Yuk and then some. "I suffered to learn and you must too"? That's BS. "I had to follow the rules and pay the price, you must too". That's kinda the way it is and were going downhill fast because of it.
To understand faith can only come from one who is not afraid. Faith is what is left when fear is not there! Now I am not talking about blind stupidity, but fear of "not being" of which there is no such thing. Of course I can't prove that in such a way the will satisfy those who think differently so I don't try or argue about it or at least try not to anyway.
We always were and will always be and those that do not understand that will be afraid and adhere to "to be" and that is the antithesis of faith. This comes from a deeper thoughts and I promised myself I would not go there but I think it is time to offer it for a test run, ha! Let's see what kind of mileage it will offer.
We are a part of one. We always were and will always be. This is life is overwhelming as to what we were, but less than what we are to become. Give "no being" little regard and then you will know what "to be" is and what the benefits of faith are all about. Religion has got it a bit twisted up and confusing is all; but it is offering the same thing.
Coming to grips with death has a lot to do with it and just realizing it's inevitability and then just forgetting about it. Can anyone do that? Easier said than done I know; been there done that and somehow I knew when I thought I was going to die and just dismissed it, a transformation took place that is hard to explain to one who has never been there. Some will say they are concerned with others and want to protect them but one must understand, others are no different than you. If you over protect them they become dependent on you and without you they become afraid and so and so on and that is why we mourn so. Fear is contagious.
When I realized I wasn't going to die, just yet, I began, what you might call, to start "thinking straight". In other words my mind kinda took on a life of it own and did my thinking for me. Confusing? Yeah, I know. It was for me at first.
I began to pay attention to the world around me much more than I ever had before without consciously realizing it and was able to just naturally adapt to it without being afraid of it in any context.
Now here's the hard part. How can one be so unafraid in a world that is so afraid? That is what faith is and it has varying degrees. Like "walking in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil" and such. Death is what makes us afraid and there are those who profit from that fear.............big time. If it weren't so, then religion would not exist. All would naturally adapt and cohesion would naturally exist. But we didn't know that. That's why we have life as it is along with the turmoil, chaos and confusion that is so present in all we do. This is not something all can realize overnight and it will take time to understand it in such a way so we can eliminate all that causes fear.
This is not to say all are so afraid, for those of faith are not, when in company of like individuals or souls as it were; but that is not as it is all the time. When it is like that all the time there will be not need for such religious structures and they will dissolve on their own. There will be no need for them.
Faith is freedom. It is being at peace and "in tune" with your immediate environment and acclimating to it rather than efforting to change it to suit you. When one does that perception changes and one stops looking and begins to see. The senses become more acute and there is a sense of confidence that surrounds you no matter what environment you find yourself in as you travel; that is if you are not afraid to travel away from that in which you are so familiar with. Something I have observed many are afraid to do even in this day and age. Faith allows you to do that.
There is no place any different than another if your senses are in tune. If not one will venture into "danger" zones or those areas that should be posted "keep out". Now we are M.A.D. and what is holding us together is mutually assured destruction and the problem with that is there are those who think the world, or those "bad people" should be destroyed for us to evolve and that is a really scary thought. What is a "bad person"? A person who is riddled with fear. We caused that in our ignorance and our desire and greed "to be"; no matter what.
Now what does that mean? "In tune", resonance; a vibration (frequency) of all that surrounds you and seeing it, feeling it, in contact with it in such away that you will align with that part of it that is complimentary to you with a barrier that protects you from that which might cause you harm or confusion. Is the empirical? No, I am afraid not but not being afraid and having faith is what allows this to happen.
Judeo/Christian ethic call it a "surrender" or giving up. I know words are confusing and many pick apart words to stress a particular view point and that is what instills argument and many will not be ready to surrender anything. We are a possessive lot and we will realize one day nothing is "for keeps", ha! Not even you because even you get an overhaul in death and a better you emerges, provided you have something to offer that is in tune with the universe's ongoing continuum. All that is the universe is reflective in all we do and know as human beings. It could be that we are the center of the universe and it's most magnificent achievement thus far! Perhaps it does revolve around us and we are it's center?????????? We have a desire to go into space so we can find evidence of us.......there, ha!.
Now it's difficult to put a definition to faith. Really it is what is left when fear is no longer there. It's like you become a part of something that will protect you no matter what situation you find yourself in. It's like the mind pulls all the strings rather than you trying to control it and forcing yourself of what to think so you will not be afraid; the mind does it for you! I know for some that went over like a lead balloon, but like I said it's hard to explain. Some heads are harder than others.
We have phrases and explanations of this in our language we call "peace of mind", "clarity of thought" and we think we have control over that and the truth is WE DON'T; and the more we do think that, the more we confuse thinking and we get bogged down in so much thought that just shouldn't be there that we "disturb" that mind and it's innate function. In other words when fear is not instilled to force one to learn to survive one learns what is complimentary to them easily and is a part of their continuum as well as the One that is all............................we call God.
Now not everyone is the same and what the mind is capable of "thinking" varies from one person to the other. We get into trouble when we try to persuade others to think like us and that is what cause chaos and conflict. When if we all had faith, or lack of fear, there would be complimentary action between us. Again, I know it is confusing and that is because some of you think too damn much, ha! You smart people, ha!
Being what others want you to be and that's depressing because you can't be anything other than what you are. What kind of reality will ensue is not known but it will be better than this one. We are in one hell of a mess and the sad part is we have become accustom to it. "You see if you are like me then I know you and how you think and then I don't have to be afraid of you. Let me mold you to what I want you to be so I won't be afraid". That's the way it is now. No one can do that; no one!
Faith is not judging an individual by his appearance and seeing the heart and mind of the individual beneath and allow that person to be who they are so they are not afraid to be that. Of course many will find it difficult in this reality to envision that because that is not the way it was for them and will quote erroneous analogies, circumstances and scenarios that begin with "what if", and that is their attempt to maintain the status quo and validate their own defense mechanisms that allow them to survive in this fearful world. They are comfortable with being afraid and have walls that protect them from it. Those walls in so protecting also keep life out too.
Why do so many do that? This reality thrives on fear and we expend a lot of energy and thought protecting ourselves in a world that has all we need to live and we concentrate on preventing death; an inevitability most just don't want to deal with and do all they can to ignore it as if we can figure out a way to "live forever". Hell, that's not living, that just thinking about ways not to die. That's what phobias are made of.
Perhaps we will live long if we just don't think about "not living". You know, 'one day at a time" and focusing on the moment at hand and then the mind will not be so perplexed in extraneous thought imposed on it and it can deal with matters in the present. It, "the mind" knows all, ha! And it does. It knows what is good for you and that you impose on it that is not and it can help you if you just "let it". Now that's "God in motion". When the mind is at peace the body follows suit and the "brain" can do it's job which is aligning the two so they can work complimentary or complementary with each other. Science has been trying to do that for centuries and it is just a natural phenomenon when fear is not present in all it's names and manifestations. Fear is the devil if you want to call him that.
You can't be afraid or that "alignment of mind and body" will never happen. That's the vast domain of the universe "working for you" with what it knows that is good for you and you alone in complimentary action with all that surrounds you no matter what situation you find yourself in. Uni-Verse-One way communication! It to it's various parts. And if you allow it you will come to find you will not be in those situations that cause you to be afraid. That's of your own doing and a consequence of fear based thinking.
Death is the fly in the ointment and it just does not compute and when we allow it in our computations we reach erroneous results that are just as circular as our understanding of what terminal is or finite is. We can't think "definitely" for nothing is. Life is an ongoing occurrence and when we think it is finite, it is reflective in all our thinking and we start thinking to much and we begin thinking WRONG and lose any quality to what life is. We don't enjoy it because we spend so much thought on losing it and the pattern is repeated.
This is not to say we will not die. Of course we will. Does that mean we are nothing? Now it could be that is true. Here we have a choice and another William kinda nailed it.."..to be or not to be"; 6 simple little words that sum up all the plagues that have ever befallen us. We want to be and some will go to extraordinary lengths to do just that with little regard to the quality of that being.
You know I have often though that is what doctors, scientists and philosophers are for; to keep us alive until we can reach this realization. Perhaps that why they have worked so hard to keep me alive to bring this wisdom to you. Who knows? Does that sound condescending, I hope not for I know what I offer will not be heard by some and I didn't come here to agree with all. That's futile and stifles the mind. But there are some who will understand what I am offering and it will be complimentary/complementary with what that think and I can only hope that it will allow them to tie up some loose ends in their thinking. If I can do that then it has all been worth it.
I am not in a rush to understand everything. When we have faith we will know all we need to know and we will help each other find the answers to all those questions that have evaded us since our beginning.......whenever that was. If there ever was such a time? Since I don't believe in the finiteness of death, I don't concern myself with our beginning either. One can get really sidetracked in all that the past has in it. The Earth tries to bury her past, but we keep digging it up. Ha! And as I have said before many of those holes are our own premature graves.
So is having faith not being smart? Yeah, I would have to agree if that intelligence is such that it gives one a comfort surviving in fear. Frankly, I would much rather "live" with faith, than constantly trying to outsmart fear. Somehow I know the universe protects me and I find a much comfort in that. I will never instill fear in another nor will I promote or take advantage of others who know no better. :a-ok: