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What is faith?

Posted by Been There on November 14, 1999, at 9:46:20

In reply to Re: Depression, Evolution...(??for Adam), posted by Adam on November 14, 1999, at 3:11:52

Awhile ago my husband worked with several POW's
from Vietnam who were creating a "what to do if
captured" program for pilots/infantry/ or any
combat personnel. When asked what kept these guys
going, several imprisoned for more than 5 years,
each one answered the same: SOME type of belief system.
For some it was their religion or a spreme being.
Others had no formal religion (before or after) but rallied themselves
each day with patriotism. Still others were determined to see their
families again. The guys with real "attitude" or self-bravado were
usually killed fairly soon after capture or succombed to the
beatings, torture, lack of food/medicine, etc. (So much for
John Wayne fantasies)

For me, this is simply a microcosm of life at this
moment in time on this planet in this galaxy... Don't
we ALL take a beating sometime? It doesn't matter if you
believe life began with two white,adult Hebrew-speaking
persons and a talking snake or fairy dust that exploded
a googleplex ago and we're actually sitting on the 9 ball in
some great cosmic pool table. Just take your shot!




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