Faith and Reality

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“Faith is one thing, but helllooooo reality is another.”

You never realize how much faith you have in your fellow human beings on a daily basis.  You have faith that the people running the electrical system are still working and that you will have power when you wake up in the morning.  You have faith that the drivers on the road aren’t out to kill you.  You have faith that the person at Starbucks / Tim Horton’s / McDonalds isn’t spitting in your coffee before serving it to you.  You implicitly trust dozens, hundreds, if not thousands of people every day.

But “helllooooo” this is the real world.  You have to keep your eye on the road for that maniac who left the house late because the power went off and he’s running late for his meeting with the boss.  He’s not paying much attention to you because the coffee he picked up at Tim Horton’s is not what he ordered (they screwed up his double/double by not putting in the sugar) so he’s on edge and when he hits a bump he’s going to spill it on his lap and swerve into your lane.

faith
faTH/noun

  1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
    “this restores one’s faith in politicians”synonyms:
    trust, belief, confidence, conviction; optimism, hopefulness, hope
    “he justified his boss’s faith in him”

Faith is important to have when we are talking about your fellow human beings.  You need to have faith in them if you are going to be able to cooperate with them.  But what happens when that faith is gone?  What happens when what you believe in has been destroyed?

re·al·i·tyre’al?de/noun

  1. the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.
    “he refuses to face reality”synonyms:
    the real world, real life, actuality; truth; physical existence
    “distinguishing fantasy from reality”

We all want things to turn out for the best.  We all want people to behave because of altruistic motives.  We want the fantasy world.  But “helllooooo” this is the real world.  Things don’t often end up as we expected.  Things fall apart or, worse, were never together in the first place and we were deluding ourselves that they were.

Reaching for the stars is an admirable goal, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, including me.  But sometimes you need to step back and let reality sink in.  Will I ever be a football star?  Never, particularly at my age.  Still dream.  Reach for the stars.  Have faith that things will change.  But temper it with a little bit of reality.  You still have faith, just a more realistic faith.

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