We all have faith – it’s part of being human – fully open and fully alive.
Mythologist Joseph Campbell believed that we’re not interested in the meaning of life but Are we alive?. It’s faith that makes it possible to set out towards the new, the unknown, the other, and faith is also our critical connecting sense or attribute, making tribes and societies and communitas* possible.
‘The unpardonable sin, in [Joseph] Campbell’s book, was the sin of inadventure, of not being alert, not quite awake.’**
‘Oxytocin is released when we’re physically close to another person’s body, and can be described as a “social glue”, since it keeps society together by means of cooperation, trust and love.’^
To be alive requires hygge^^ and journeys into the future. One without the other is destructive, we might say, toxic, and each provides the antidote to the other. Faith connects these in our lives, asking questions about where we’re going and how we are being, enabling us to move towards the deeper things which will require us to be honed by trial.
‘An idea starts to be interesting when you get scared of taking it to its logical conclusion.’*^
(*Communitas is a community that forms around purpose. See Victor Turner’s The Ritual Process; Band of Brothers offers fascinating observation in how communitas is formed in extreme circumstances and struggles when stress is removed.)
(**From Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyer’s The Power of Myth.)
(^From Meik Wiking’s The Little Book of Hygge.)
(^^Hygge is the Danish sense of wellbeing^ delighting in atmosphere and experience, home and safety.)
(*^From Nassim Taleb’s The Bed of Procrustes.)