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Belief is what you stuff in your heart to numb it

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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Nov 25, 2013 at 23:38

The heart is where you feel and the more you believe, the more you read your feelings out of the book instead of discovering them passing through an open and unfilled heart, the less you feel of what the world tells you. So life appears to be less painful of awkward, you have always a refuge or a way out of it, that you don't have to create or to dig by your own self. And if your belief is large and articulate enough, you can get to the point where it replaces everything, each and every messages of the world, with a predefined, learned reaction. It makes you feel more secure and powerful. And if that belief is common among some community (which is the case here), you might even find some friends within it. But actually, at the human level, it robs you of a whole world of emotion that comes from reality, that is, where God most probably is, if He is at all, and it keeps you small, fragile and inefficient in this realm, in the spontaneous use of your heart.

In reality, the miracles of the Koran never materialized into serviceable science. That should tell you, among others things, that your belief is not linked with reality. That it is just that—a belief, not a truth.

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