Originally Posted by Seteleechete
Why trust or dogmatically say it's true? Why not assume without that. If I assume x, y is true. Assumptions are useful but why do you need trust or faith in them? If something is unknown/unknownable I leave it unknown and use assumptions instead.(Alternatively some would call it a form of radical skepticism).
Trusting in an assumption isn't necessarily thinking that it's true in any objective or even a collective subjective sense, at least at the individual level. My understanding of my assumption is probably distorted and would probably change with time. The thing about assuming though is that when you assume something and you then act based on it or embody it, you're essentially trusting that acting based on your assumption is appropriate enough in this situation. You're also trusting that not acting on other assumptions would not threaten your chances of survival, your self conception or whatever it is you value the most. For example, a soldier would think about defending his country and surviving but would not think about the risks of getting a rare form of skin cancer when he's at the front. Thus, there's an implicit trust/faith that the soldier has in that focusing his attention on the war rather than worrying about eating anti-oxidants to reduce cancer risk is the best thing to do. It's not that he will not get that rare form of skin cancer or that focusing on the war is the "right" or true assumption to have, but that the very action of embodying or focusing on defending the borders indicates that that soldier has trust or faith in it. The soldiers, thus, has a form of faith and trust (from his own subjective experience) in mother nature/ his god/ the abyss ...whatever one is to call it. If he perceives that the benefits outweigh the risks and acts based upon it, he has thus showed that he trusts or has faith in that his action is good enough from his prespective to act upon it in this context. The point isn't necessarily that the assumption is dogmatically true but that since many unknowns exist and since nothing is necessarily provable, the concept of faith might have originated from the relationship between the individual and the complex abyss of the totality and from the individual's attempt to comprehend it.
I'm not sure if that was a real reply for your question though ? Could you clarify if it isn't ?
PS: Dear Mods, should we move this to another thread so that this thread doesn't get derailed ?