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Faith and what we make of it

Artwork by Kat Eloriaga

Much has been said about people living in an increasingly connected world but actually, they are getting disconnected in it. Our sense of faith in things we hold dear is now hampered by our reliance on instant things – what we can do in one click, what we can have in one swipe, or things we can wait for in a short time.

We have lost faith in the old ways, which always worked back then, but now looks like a mere waste of time. With our faith in instant things, we have forgotten what it means to exert effort, even for things that really matter. 

Looking at where we are now, we may have bridged geographical distances as a people, but it seems as though faith has disconnected us more than we are willing to admit – our faith in ideas and convictions, our faith in certain principles, and our faith in certain people. 

Online, it is commonplace to see users fighting over who is right and wrong, over whose opinions reign supreme over the other. We have lost faith in listening and in communication that we often fail to see how we react, and we forget that we inflict pain with our words. More so, we have lost faith in each other – but never in what we think of ourselves. 

With all our unsettled differences, we have grown more separated, no longer believing in what we can do to change collectively. We are too concerned with what is personal – what hits closer to home – that we fail to see the sufferings of others. 

We have associated faith with spiritual upkeep, with the concept of turning our gaze onto higher beings we believed in since birth. We often associate faith with waiting, with being boring, stagnancy. Faith has become nothing more than slides in a PowerPoint presentation; or Sundays when we dress in our best and close our eyes sparingly. 

Faith has become that one thing we ought to avoid. But there is more to it than we think.

Regardless of religion, upbringing or inclinations, faith is what should bring us together. Beyond our individual capacities, we should believe in what we can make of faith – as long as it is for the common good. 

If in faith, we feel powerful – as if we are aided by some unknown force enabling us to do more than what we expect of ourselves – we should harness that now more than ever. We live in a time where much of what we hold in faith has been lost.  We live in a time of quiet uncertainty, when we just place ourselves at the mercy of forces bigger than ourselves. 

We could go on forever and school each other on what faith has become, or what it means for each and every one of us, but it is in our best interest to hark back to faith, and what we can make of it.

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