|Italian Comedian too|
How do we accommodate an increase in votes to an Italian comedian with the continued presence of Berlusconi and his cohorts it would be a weird psychology that would allow for a single personality to tolerate such conflicted views within an entity.
Do we (all of us) need to involve ourselves more with the body politic rather than delegate the least suitable personalities to deliver to us continually increasing 'standards of living'? Interesting conversation on the radio this morning highlighted (to me)the possibility of using technology to remodel a more participative democracy but this I think needs to be informed debate rather than just a chance to vote for the unrealisable and then carp on about politicians failing to deliver.
Which neatly brings me to another of Crofton's Big Ideas still around religion it's Idea 67 Faith
Generally those with religious beliefs arrive at these by a mixture of logic and faith those who emphasise the logic are 'Natural Theologians' as opposed to the 'Fideists' who hold faith as their primary driver, Tertullian is a fine example of the latter . Tertullian was a Christian author from Carthage (now a suburb of Tunis).
Let's look into the meaning of the word (with help from Stanford), at its general level ‘faith’ means something similar to‘trust’ but let's look at more specifically the idea of religious faith or to be more prescriptive the kind of faith exemplified in religious faith. Philosophical accounts are generally around theistic religious faith that is faith in God and they tend to be those within the Christian branch of the Abrahamic traditions. Although the theistic religious context settles what kind of faith is of interest, the question arises whether faith of that same general kind also belongs to other, non-theistic, religious contexts, or to contexts not usually thought of as religious at all. It may perhaps be accurate to speak of the faith of a humanist, or even an atheist, using the same general sense of ‘faith’ as applies to the theist case.
Generally there are three key components that feature, with varying emphases, in models of faith these are
The affective, Relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes
The cognitive The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
The volitional The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision
For another view on Faith I like this guy (Pat Condell)