Re: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

Marie L. Foster (
Tue, 11 Nov 1997 23:52:46 -0800

At 12:04 PM 11/11/97 -0700, David responded to Reed and wrote:
>No, if you have faith, then you cannot be convinced to change your
>mind by rational argument. If you could, then you wouldn't have
>faith, see?

David... I see this as a circular argument without merit. Faith does not
exclude doubt. For quite a number of years I wondered about my faith in my
son. He is a good person but often seems to lack common sense. For that
reason he often seemed to go charging off in wrong directions with frequent
disasterous results. (I never cast myself as the Mother of a Don Quixote,
but that was what I got!) However, I kept reminding myself that my faith
in him came from my own rational belief in my parenting (he lost his father
when he was very young) and in his ability to learn from his mistakes.

That faith has been rewarded. He did not choose the path I wanted him to
take, and it took him longer to settle into a pattern that will sustain him
but it was worth not loosing faith as our bond is stronger for the journey.


Marie L. Foster