The light flashed across the slick blacktop, blinding for an instant before sliding away on its ever revolving path. It would strike me three more times before I passed it by. Four moments of sightless travel on a rain soaked journey through the darkness. Is it faith, experience, or naiveté that carries me through those moments fearlessly?
The boy child from the equator has woken grumpy from his years-long nap. The tantrum he shall unleash will cause mudslides, spinouts, fallen limbs and trees. There will be damage and chaos, though he will take no delight in that aspect of it. The child is too immature to know anything beyond whatever emotion currently holds sway. My journey will intersect with his fussiness several times in the coming days and months. Is it faith, experience, or naiveté that allows me to face each new drive without fear?
The future beckons from the horizon. The world spins towards it but will never catch it. The unknowns, the mysteries, the triumphs and the tragedies all remain elusively hidden just beyond our sight. I will never know what twists and turns are waiting for me, but I venture out anyway. Is it faith, experience, or naiveté that fuels my fear free actions?
Or, is it something else? A sense of responsibility? A need to please those around me? An ideal I’m striving for?
We face countless decisions each day that dictate the urgency with which we travel our unique paths and how close we allow those paths to veer towards danger. And most of those decisions we make without actually giving any weighty thought to: driving cars, the food we eat and drink, sitting at computers eight hours a day, etc… There is inherent risk in all of it.
So, what is it that allows us to so callously ignore these dangers every day? Is it faith? Is it experience? Is it naiveté? What is it for you?