Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gray Matter: A Matter of Belief

Do you believe that Osama bin Laden is dead? Do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States of America (or that Hawaii is one of the 50 states of the US, for that matter)? Do you believe in vampires and werewolves? Do you believe in AIDS conspiracy theory? Do you believe in sin and redemption? Do you believe in God? 

Shadow of a Vampire, by Alina Oswald
Belief can shape--sometimes even control--our lives. Like with doubt, belief has the power to point us into the right direction... or the wrong one.

What is belief? Is it another version of hope? Is it the opposite of doubt? What do we base our beliefs on? Myths, legends, fairy-tales, fantasies, facts?

Legends and myths are fine, even fascinating, but how about the reality (the facts) on which these fantasies are based on?

For example, it is a fact that President Barack Obama was born in the state of Hawaii, USA. On the other hand, vampire stories may have been inspired by facts (to learn more about those, just take a Vampire & Ghosts Tour with the fantastic Lord Chaz, while in NOLA), feeding even more our fantasies with the dangerously dazzling Dark Creatures. 

As daylight that does not instantly turn into pitch darkness, facts sometimes transition into fantasies, creating a world of... gray matter (somewhere in between facts and fantasies, light and blackness). This is the world of our beliefs.

To find out if a belief is based on facts or fantasies, one has to adventure, sometimes, beyond the gray matter, into the absolute blackness. The result may be a total transition into the world beyond belief, a world of pure fantasies, a place where reality itself becomes a myth.

How far into the darkness would you dare to walk, to find the truth at the core of your beliefs?

Thanks for visiting,
Alina Oswald

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