By Joseph “Joe” Panek | A Seeker’s Thoughts
“A wise man makes his own decisions,
an ignorant man follows public opinion.”
When exploring the concept of Faith, we must first understand that there are two types of Faith: True Faith and Blind Faith.
Blind Faith is when we trust and depend upon something external to ourselves to “help”, “guide” and “protect” us. These external “somethings” can either be another person or it can be any group, faction, or organization, in which we “blindly” place our complete trust.
Blind Faith is the abdication of reason, Wisdom, individuality, personal research, individual thought, and personal responsibility. It is thoughtlessly trusting in the untrustable, unstable and unreliable.
Political factions, organized religions, special interest groups, and fanatical throngs all fall into this category; they all require a blind, unquestioning, obedience to their “cause”.
Another aspect of Blind Faith is that it must be continuously enforced upon its followers through either guilt, ridicule, threat, or force.
Blind Faith, it is interesting to note, is not embraced by children, or even young adults. Children and young adults are continuously using their imagination and asking “Why…Why…Why.”
It is only when children and young adults become trained at being “mature” and “sophisticated” grown-ups that they embrace and accept the false doctrine of Blind Faith – only to eventually suffer, and wallow in, its consequences. These persons then Become the next generation of disillusioned adults who relinquish their Sovereignty, sacrifice their freedom, and discard their Free Will, all for the unrealizable False Hopes which Blind Faith teases them with.
True Faith, on the other hand, is being True and faithful to ourselves; it is complete Trust and Belief in our Divine Nature; it is knowing that we can become anything we Choose to become; it is knowing that we can do anything we Choose to do.
A Individual who possesses True Faith is a Lone Wolf; an Independent Thinker who answers only to him (or her) self. A person with True Faith has the self-confidence to personally evaluate facts, anticipate Consequences, accept responsibility for their Decisions, and follow their own Divine Path.
These are the Individuals who realize that before they can help others they must first be able to help themselves; before they can create a better world “out there”, they must first create a better world within themselves; before they can lead they must first become a good example. And although these Lone Wolfs encompass only a minority of society, even as a minority their numbers are large. They are an elite group which, although they do not openly recruit, are always ready to accept and embrace new members. And the only “initiation fee” required to join this elite group is the ability to Think independently and have True Faith in oneself.