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February 13, 2012

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Quantum

Faith is a religious concept which I find difficult to take on board.

As a scientist I need evidence before believing. And even then I want to test through prediction before I'm really convinced.

In your case Donna, the evidence is plane to see. Marissa and Gabriel were created by a Goddess.

And a Goddess creates perfection through beauty and light.

Go to it girl. You've got the beauty now give us more light!

Fascinating blog. *smile*

Donna Cummings

Q, you always make me smile. :) I'm working on a new story, and I'm not sure we should refer to Endora as a Goddess -- she's hard enough to endure now. Hah! I'll call her "Endura" on those tough days. LOL

I don't consider myself religious, but there are things that happen that don't seem to have a logical explanation--at least, not based on the things we know. I like evidence and explanations, and sometimes it's not possible to find them. Writing is mysterious like that, which is probably why I find it so fascinating!

Melissa

I've come back to this post a couple of times...oddly I think I'm a little superstitious about acknowledging that I have faith. How's that for mixing fear and hope? LOL

I think the connection you made of hubris to faith is fascinating. We all have faith or we wouldn't attempt anything, but the draw is that feeling the mystery is our's alone to solve. It's amazing to think of the clues that appear out of nowhere! Or, as Hawthorne put it, from "a neutral territory, somewhere between the real world and fairy-land, where the Actual and the Imaginary may meet, and ech imbue itself with the nature of the other." And, "if a man [or woman!] sitting all alone, cannot dream strange things, and make them look like truth, he need never try to write romances."

I'm certain he must have had faith, but (at least in his persona in writing "The Custom House") he seemed very superstitious also and had crisis of faith. "The little power you might have had over the tribe of unrealities is gone!"

Sorry, didn't mean to write an essay! LOL! Fascinating stuff. :) In a way, Hawthorne's writing is like my writer's bible.

I'm a bit like Q in that I need evidence, but I like the idea that faith grows with what you put into it. In writing a story, we invent our evidence and hope the reader will believe. That takes a lot of faith. :)

Donna Cummings

Melissa, what a great comment -- and I love all the Nathaniel Hawthorne quotes. I may have to give him some more attention now. I really like the one about the meeting of Actual and Imaginary, and each getting to share themselves with each other.

I agree that it takes a lot of faith to invent our story and hope the reader will believe in what we've created. Sometimes the fear of missing that mark is what causes the crisis of faith -- and stops the words from making it onto the page. That's when I have to believe in the unknowable part of creativity and keep moving forward until things become clear. But some times it's harder than others!

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