Memos to Myself:Notes for Future Ben

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Notes for Future Ben

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Shadows and Substance

August 12, 20232 min read

Dear Reader:

In quiet moments, when the world's noise fades, I find myself pondering the dance between belief and knowledge, trust and truth.

These pairs, though seemingly intertwined, have distinct footprints on the canvas of our understanding.

Truth and Knowledge: The Pillars

Hebrews 11:1 in the Bible states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." This beautifully encapsulates the essence of belief. But where does knowledge fit in?

Plato mused about the world of forms, suggesting our earthly experiences are mere shadows of a higher reality. In this light, belief becomes the shadow, an approximation, while knowledge is the experience of that higher reality firsthand.

It's like reading about the taste of an exotic fruit versus actually savoring its unique flavor on your tongue.

Trust and Belief: The Heart's Whispers

Trust is a leap of faith, a venture into the unknown based on past experiences and judgments. It's akin to belief, a hope in something beyond our immediate grasp. But as Socrates once said, "An unexamined life is not worth living."

So, I find myself questioning: How often do we examine the foundations of our beliefs?

The Dance and the Challenge

In a world where headlines blur the lines between trust and truth, the journey to distinguish belief from knowledge becomes a personal pilgrimage. It's not just about discerning the external world but understanding the depths of our own souls.

Belief, like trust, can be shaken. It's the house built on sand, vulnerable to the tides of doubt. Knowledge, akin to truth, stands firm like a lighthouse, guiding us through the murkiest of waters.

So, where does this introspection lead me?

To a realization that life is not just about seeking answers but asking the right questions. To not just believe, but to strive to know. To not just trust, but to seek the truth.

And as I continue this journey, I'm reminded:

To continue searching for light...

Deo volente.

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