I appreciate your strength of character in speaking about faith in the way that you are, but I am a person who isn't relating the idea of faith to any religion or preconception. I have been pondering over what it will mean to me and I have been done my best to keep an open mind as knowledge and truth finds it way to me. This is what I've found and in this moment is my truth. When the tree grows it moves in a direction and it expects that it will have the water, sunlight, fertile soil, room, and absence of dangerous things so that it can grow. It is the same as when I go to sleep and I expect to wake up. I don't have the option to worry over whether or not I will wake up the next morning though it is always possible to die. Faith to me is expecting a reality that you can live with and more so than that a reality that is beneficial to your growth. The tree will be affected and it may even bend, but it only expected to be closer to the sky in a given direction and it has not failed because it has grown and wears the hardship as it's pride. Hope I didn't bore you too much with all the writing, but I have thought deeply about this for a couple of days as I said.
Well faith has a lot of different meanings such as hope, trust and so on. However it also means believing with no good reason specially in a religious context.And that whats this deviation is about, the word faith having a overall good connotation when not all aspects that the word describe are positive. There is nothing wrong with having expectations, or hope. However there is something wrong with believing in something with no good reason, because to believe implies that you know something about the truth value of what you believe in. Furthermore beliefs direct actions and if you believe in something for no good reason, you will end up acting for no good reason.
I get what you trying to say with the analogy you are making but it is not a really good one. The tree doesn't expect anything, a tree does what it does because of chemical reactions. This to some extent is also the case for humans however our expectations are also based on the environment as we have the ability to asses it and and process the information we get. I think that you mixed an analogy with a metaphor or maybe i did that in my interpretation.
Anyway, as I said I kinda get what you trying to say because it seems that , we should expect a reality which is beneficial to us, however in the case that isn't , we should adapt to reality. If this is the correct interpretation i do agree, we should be optimistic and be able to adapt when things don't go well.
And you didn't bore me at all , thanks for the comment
Thanks for responding and I have something more to add to my interpretation. I totally believe what you said about belief directing action.My Nana has in her house a sign that says "Dreaming without action is wishful thinking". There is a quote that I want to share with you."Thoughts, Words, and actions- Frank outlaw Watch your thoughts they become words Watch your words they become actions Watch your actions they become habits Watch your habits they become your character Watch your character it becomes your destiny So the way in which I am thinking about faith is a in a way that I believe will do the most good in influencing my future. I want to become a film director and the way that I have chosen to head toward that future is by growing as a person and eliminating my bad habits, but I saw faith as a way to further grow. I appreciate that you want to look at reality because reality can be beautiful, but dreams and such can become reality too. There is a quote in a Kid Cudi song that says "It's easy to imagine, but it's easier to just do." Like you I would prefer to live in this world and this reality, but I want this reality to work in harmony with a reality that is beneficial to me. Maybe that's selfish, but I'm ok with that and though it is our actions that matter, hands down. It can't hurt to imagine and try to believe in and follow a sensible vision. I think that if I can see myself as a director I will stay on that path no matter what the result or what may happen and I will be able to do the things and take the actions necessary to bring me to that world. I think of it as if I can believe and have faith then I will at a subconscious level "Act as if..." What I said about the trees was knowledge that I felt and it maybe doesn't make so much sense scientifically speaking, but I learned a lot from taking a walk and looking at nature. Animals and plants are not like us in a lot of ways, but if we could simplify things the way there minds and natures do it would give us a great deal of clarity. A book that shows what I mean is "Who moved my cheese" by Spencer Johnson. Check it out if you get a chance and thanks again. I love bouncing around ideas
I disagree, faith is a "way of knowing" , you can hope for something or trust someone without having faith, you can even have hope for but not believe on something. Faith is believing for no good reason.If you trust someone for no good reason you are gullible imo.