Blind Faith

Jen Sullivan
4 min readOct 4, 2023

I often find myself wondering why I am so different than most people. I do not think it is entirely because of my anxiety, and doubt it is because of how I was raised. My thought processes just seem to be so much different than most people I have met, as if I am seeing an entirely different world than those around me.

Is it normal to put so much blind faith in others? To just accept what one is told as an absolute truth? Whether that is following a corporate agenda without questioning if it is the right way to conduct business, pledging loyalty to a college and refusing to accept that it might be flawed or not the right school for another student, believing every word a single person says without question, and so on. Absolutes are rare, and no one person is perfect, yet others latch on to certain individuals or groups as if they found the Holy Grail. It’s never the fancy one, shining in the faint light while others are thrust into darkness — that is a poor choice that results in disaster.

I find that it is so easy to debate any topic, even with myself, which permits me to understand both sides of an argument. Do others just assume their way is the only way and that no one else could possibly be right? This seems to contradict the very nature of curiosity: why do others not wonder about opposing viewpoints and seek to understand the reasoning behind them?

There are some stances that, no matter how much persuasion or understanding, I still cannot possibly agree with the idea. Such examples include the desire to control what women are allowed and not allowed to do under advice of their doctor, or the unwillingness to accept the scientific fact of evolution. Opposing viewpoints to both of these are usually religion-based, which is not a valid argument as it relies on the faith of a select group and only that select group.

Religion of any kind often blinds people, forcing them to see only what they are told to see. Why are some people so comfortable living life this way? Do they not wonder why others disagree? Or do they just think that those who oppose their ideas are “evil” or attempting to spread lies? It’s a sad way to look at the world, and yet millions choose this option.

I am not opposed to religion at all, but I find it ridiculous that society should be governed by any one religion, or even a handful of religions. It is meant to be a personal belief, not an idea to force upon others. I also find it preposterous that people do not question what they are taught by…

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Jen Sullivan

I am a gamer, a geek, and a gardener, among many things. I enjoy writing as a way to share with others. You'll find no AI content here--I am a real writer.