posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 08:30 PM
Originally posted by Peepers
I have thought about why people fall on faith as a means to justify existence. Intelligence cannot be pointed out as a significant factor since people
in general, together in a group, whether a rock concert, political rally or religious ceremony all tune to mass hypnosis of the focus. That focus
could be the lead singer, the political appointee or god.
I think its the thrill of a mass movement with people singing, clapping and glorifying.
The most fundamental reason for faith is actually due to logic. For example, when we are in a really tight situation, let's just say we are oh I
dunno, being crucified. In those situations, the mental faculty will need a reason to go on functioning, or else snap under the strain. Without a
"faith" that either "this is for a purpose" or that "A higher power will save me", the mental faculty breaks down.
Of course I used an extreme situation, but we see this in 12 step programs all the time. An addict is twice as likely to recover if they believe in a
higher power who can help them. The fact that there is or isn't a higher power doesn't really mean anything, what means something is that the mind
has something to chew on, so as to continue without breaking under the strain of a nihilistic future.
Faith has the same reason for being as does ego, survival. Think about the "death bed" conversions we hear about so much. When do people start
believing in God the most? When they feel they are about to meet their end, and all other avenues of logic point to an end. The mind has a *real*
hard time accepting it's own demise, because it is made of genetic code which is programed with one priority "continue". So, people start getting
religion right before they die, quite often. Not all, but the vast majority.
Survival is the ultimate reason for everything that is an attribute of life.