Aphorisms on Faith

Can mankind transcend the limitations of religious belief?

Faith is an attachment to formative persuasions—an idea anchored by self doubt initiated by that same persuasion.

Faith is being directed into contemplating an idea, simply from hearing the questions.

Faith is pride in self deprecated belief absent of independent thought.

Faith is a solidified by the hormonal response, comforting human insecurity and the propensity to be easily deceived.

Faith is a comforting hope that elevates esteem without intellect.

With faith we build barriers between exaggerated reaction syndrome and acceptance. It allows us to blend rather than confronted with raised eyebrows—A state of beliefing though verbal and superficial physical obeisance. The idea of obedience supplants behavior.

Faith is merely stubborn pride repackaged as a virtue. Thought convictions played on insecurity without substance. Really nothing to fight over, but since beliefs are now the pinnacle of human intellect, challenging belief has become an affront to character.

Faith is a tightly held imagination your hope is true—then defending that right to hope with an argument.

Faith is what you resort to when you can’t reason your beliefs.

Faith is a state of mind that allows mediocrity to supplant achievement.

Faith is the result of fusing human limitations into cultural mediocrity. Since there is nothing a believer can do to un-fall this fallen world. Acquiescence defaults to hope.

Transcending belief mode and its limitations will be the key saving humanity. Faith allows the world to end on hope where action is needed.

By choosing a prearranged faith, dogma substitutes authenticity with platitudes.

Faith in your belief turns hope into intellectual and spiritual starvation.

Faith is the evidenced in human stagnation—clinging to the past and the failure to live in self confidence

Mule stables, Fort Spokane—1880


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

41 thoughts on “Aphorisms on Faith”

    1. The current ideal of religious faith is to cling to the past and hope the future ends in vindictive suffering. Faith is meant as a transitional phase to prove a premise. Now it is an end in itself.

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        1. faith can mean a religion (belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion), it can also mean “firm belief in something for which there is no proof” There are a couple more but in this context, I think these are the pertinent ones.

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  1. I think it is important to stress context as we are all too often told we have faith as well.
    In fact, I have just watched a Star Trek episode where Archer states he has faith in the doctor.
    Of course, it is obvious his ”faith” is more akin to trust based on evidence of the doctor’s past performance, and his use of the word faith is more vernacular rather than a truly accurate word choice.
    It is because of such examples that these days I always try to use a more accurate word.

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    1. Certainly, but religious faith has become a destination in itself—the pinnacle of existence. Convictions of unproven thought that cling to the past for validation. It’s never produced the promised peace, although it allows you to slog comfortably in your own misery with hopeless inaction.

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      1. No, faith has never produced the promised peace – or any other “promise” for that matter (think Jesus’ return!) – but it sure does rake in the green! Catholicism/Christianity make Amway look like the corner candy store in comparison so we can easily see the motivation of those that continue to perpetuate this nonsense. Otherwise how would it continue to proliferate in light of its’ abysmal record of not producing any of the supposed results? How have they been able to keep their audience?

        Great stuff, Jim, thank you!

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        1. People will trade many things for hope. Integrity, cash, the right to peace, all of it is played against us by faith. Through “we believe” we can even condemn another human because of his genetics and feel pious about it.


  2. Faith is an attachment to formative persuasions

    Absolutely. Case Study: Mel Wild. He’s not dumb, but he simply could not understand what I was talking about when I asked him (repeatedly) to address the massive presupposition that ours is an artificial world. He’d repeated this position (this belief) so many times that he’d forgotten it was a presupposition.

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    1. Those presups make it awfully hard to connect even a single dot outside your paradigms. I remember that conversation. You’ve threatened the legitimacy of his hope. It is a panicky spot to put a believer. But he’ll show his audience his faith is strong. Faith—the ability to dismiss facts and feel good about it.

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        1. That was when I decided we were arguing reason versus a physiology. After hardwiring the ability to hand wave contradiction is a physical one. Faith, submission, and repetition truly fixes the neurons.

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    1. Thank you. It was a pleasure to see faith for how stifling unit was. “We” believe in… is a hijacking of the human mind.


  3. Before I scrolled down to the caption, I was thinking “That’s one heck of a barn!” I haven’t been to Ft. Spokane.

    Faith really is all about giving up responsibility – for anything and everything.

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    1. Faith is also a way of making an unjust world just. The Buddhist has Karma which assures him he will reap what he sows , but the discerning atheist knows nature is amoral and there is no justice. We are moral beings and injustice horrifies us. Emmanuel Kant : ‘ Two things puzzle me , the starry sky above and the moral law within.’

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    1. Thank you dear. The bar to happiness is set quite low when we are thanking god for one damn problem free moment surviving day by day and expected to be grateful for it. I think we can de better.

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