Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Opportunistic Beliefs

If you don't believe in ghosts, can you be afraid of them? Do you pray to a god in whom you don't believe during a moment of crisis? Is that brief moment of belief real? What does it mean if the belief is dismissed when the fear has passed, safety is assured, and rational thought returns? Is it just a type of hope? Is it a wish for some power outside oneself to save the day? Is it opportunistic selfishness? Could it be called co-opting the advantages of the faithful? And what about that spooky encounter that send chills and goosebumps down your body? Fiction and fantasy can have such real and tangible effects on us.

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