I see potential in her.
This is faith.
It’s how we live at our highest and finest as humans. Erich Fromm writes about how to be human is to have faith:
‘Faith is a character trait pervading the whole personality, rather than a specific belief.’*
To see potential in the one holds out the hope off potential in the many:
‘The faith in others has its culmination in faith in mankind.’*
There’s realistic faith and unrealistic faith, that is, realised and unrealised faith. Faith is like seeing in the dark. The person we think we see with potential has to see this themselves and then move. Fromm reminds me that this is what we mean by education, a pure understanding that we need to see more in evidence:
‘The root of the word “education” is e-ducere, literally, to lead forth, or to bring out something that is potentially present.’*
What if we could spin our educational systems around to see what is possible to bring out of every person?
(*From Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving.)