Loss of Faith

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”

– Ernest Hemingway

Before I read this quote (2013), and before I contemplated on a theme like this I was faintly aware of some life scripts: you’re born young and innocent, you go through puberty and almost become an adult, you learn and find a job that works for you, you become more conservative and cynical as you get older.  No one ever told me the REASON why people become more conservative and cynical when they get older.  This goes back to the quote above: “The world breaks everyone.”  What does this mean? 

Perhaps it means that everyone suffers and suffers greatly at some point; maybe everyone at some point loses faith in humanity at some point in their life.  Perhaps people see the cruel nature of some people, are forced to experience the inexperienceable, or are simply so traumatized that life can never be the same; the flower wilts, innocence is dashed, and hope vanished. 

This next part, I will discuss the aftermath.  Most of the time, when someone’s spirit has been crushed then a person could: huddle in a cave and get stuck in a cynical rut, live a life of denial and callousness and deny the experience inside of oneself, or overcome it in the long run and make it propel them toward a better existence.  In other words, after faith (in life, in religion, in destiny, in miracles, in hopes and future etc.) has been loss, it is still up to us to find it again regain the spring in our step, the innocence, and optimism for a bright future. 

I’m not saying this is easy; there have been books written about facing our demons including “The Dark Night of the Soul” by St. John of the Cross and “Confessions” by St. Augustine.  Facing our demons are as old as humanity, but a necessary step if we want to evolve as spiritual beings. 

Stay courageous, stay the course my friend!  😀

 

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