Our Whole Life is Based on Faith

What is faith? That's what we're discussing on this station at this time every morning. What is faith? What we've shared so far this week is that faith is something that we use in everyday life. We pet faith in the automobile and in the ignition key when we tern it. We pet our faith in the fact that the engine will start if we tern the key. More seriously, when we see the car in front of us slowing down, we put our faith in the brake pedal--that if we put our foot on it, it will activate the brakes and will slow our car.

Our life is often in the hands of machinery and people and procedures that we put absolute faith in. So we act often on the absolute faith that we have in certain machinery and certain events and certain strategies and techniques. Our whole life is based on those things. It's not only the skydiver that jumps out of the plane and pets his faith in the parachute opening that exercises faith in everyday life, bet we do the same thing every time we cross a road; we pet our faith in the driver whom we don't know at all who is driving the car that is coming towards us. We pet our faith in the fact that he will want to stop and that he will be able to stop.

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So it is with our whole finance and banking system. We put our faith in our computers that they will be able to turn out the information that we have punched into them. And it's not because they always do so, that we put our faith in them. We put our faith in them because on the normal balance of the record they do turn out the right results. There are exceptions when they fail so we can't say that we have absolute knowledge that they will unquestionably do it, but we put our faith in the probability that they will come up with the information when we require it.

So, our everyday life is based on faith. What we said yesterday was of course, I asked you, in fact, to put your faith in the fact that your automobile that you're driving today was produced by a certain method. I outlined the method. I said that the manufacturer had got all the parts that make up your automobile together from the suppliers, and then he had put it all into what is really a massive washing machine, and he had spun it round at 3000 revolutions per hour for twenty-five hours and then at the end of that time, he opened up the washing machine and took out your car exactly as you're driving it today. Then, he delivered it to the dealer. I asked you to put your faith in that theory of mine about the manufacturer of your car.

Of course, you know that you would laugh at me. You'd say, "You're absolutely mad. if you knew the care and trouble I have taken to replace a battery in this car, or to replace a bulb in one of the head lamps, you would know that someone took a great deal of care in manufacturing this car, and it had to be someone who had the same kind of mind and the same kind of hands and the same
ability I have, because I know that no one else could manufacture this car. I've observed and watched the kinds of things that washing machines do and they don't produce the kind of results that this car is. They simply don't."

Of course, what I was suggesting to you was that the same is true when you look at this world around us. If you look out of your window of your home or your automobile today and you see the sun shining in the sky, you know the incredible precision that is needed to get that sun to rise at the same time each year, year after year after year, to such an extent that our most precise clocks can be based absolutely on the rising and the setting of the sun each day.

Then, of course, if you look at some of the trees that you are passing at this moment, and you look at the flower or the daffodils or the tulips, or you look at the way the birds fly, you realize that that did not come about through all these parts being ordered from some supplier and being thrown into a huge washing machine, and being spun around, and then, after years and years of spinning around, chance plus time produced this very organized and precise world in which we live. It's us not reasonable to believe that. Indeed, many of us would say that we can actually tell certain things about the people who made our cars from the way the cars are made. That is one of the great controversies today.
Some of us will say that certain manufacturers vary the sizes of the doors and the way the doors fit against the doorposts, whereas often manufacturers seem to do it with absolute precision, so that it seems to us that every car is precisely and exactly the same. So we say we can tell certain things about the manufacturer from the kind of product that he has given us. So, of course, it is utterly reasonable to use the same faith in regard to this world that we see around us. If you look at the world and you observe the great precision that you can notice in the way the oceans operate or the rivers operate, or in the way the seasons occur year after year, or you observe the fine precision in which the blood circulates around your body, and in which certain continuous events take place in your body that repeat again and again so that you continue to live day after day's impossible to manufacture this complex piece of machinery in that purely arbitrary fashion. When I consider the effort that I have had to exercise simply to get a screw that has come loose in the dashboard, back in again, I realize that there must have been many people involved in manufacturing this car, with much more care than I have exercised myself in replacing just one screw. I realize how much concentration it requires on my part to simply replace one small part in this mechanism. So, I know from my own experience that it must have taken many men a great deal of time and a great deal of care to produce this automobile."
So it's reasonable to reject the idea that car that you're driving was created by chance or just by the passage of time plus the jumbling together of many atoms. And when you look at the world around you and you see how complex it is, you realize what perfect timing is involved making sure this planet of ours orbits around the sun in such a way that it doesn't collide with the other planets or the other stars in the solar system. When you see the way the sun rises at the same time every year, on the same day, and sets in such a way that we can run even our precise atomic clocks by the rising and setting of the sun, you see that there is great precision in our world and that it is madness that it has come about by simply time plus chance. it's reasonable to put faith in the idea that it was created such an ordered world as we see around us.

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