faith is important

by phil on Tuesday Mar 3, 2009 1:49 PM

First, we need to define faith as a principle:

faith is confidence in the absence of evidence.

Uncertainty is the predominant state of affairs. We don't know whether this year will be better than the last. We don't know if we're on the way up or on the way down. We just don't know.

If all your confidence comes from things you can see, then you'll be in a chicken-before-the-egg problem. You won't believe in yourself until you succeed. But then you won't succeed if you don't believe in yourself.

So where do we get faith from?

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