So... I learned deeper meanings for many words during the height of the global pandemic. I learned about conspiracies, and fears, and anti-science rhetoric, and loneliness, and misconception. I debated with friends and frienemies online and in person . I've gained friends. I lost a few... And I was reminded again and again on the POWER OF BELIEF.
*An acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
*Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.
There is something beautiful to me about BELIEF. There is an acceptance, a surrender, a willingness to say 'I may not KNOW, but I BELIEVE...'
When it comes to people's potential and abilities - I rush to believe with all my mighty force, but when it comes to believing a tale, a narrative, a GOD - I may not rush so fast.
I may not rush AT ALL.
Beliefs are all around us - personal, collective, shared beliefs... I mean, society runs on belief. MONEY is belief! Money may be the only belief we ALL share across the globe. Oh, no, I am sure some indigenous tribe somewhere still makes their trades with rocks.
Point is: Beliefs are everywhere. Even the most skeptic atheist believes in their own hype or their loved ones' hype. And as beliefs are everywhere, so is the power or willingness we have TO believe.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman