"What was I waiting for?"
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here
Some topics are loaded and come with a lot of preconceptions, like the concept of faith. Yet there is a beautiful side to faith that is essential to life and happiness — that is the leap of faith. In big or small ways, to act without regret; to believe you are capable; that it will work out in the end. It is not a faith in a higher being or of miracles, it is a faith in oneself. And that is the beauty.
In Pop Art
Through nine panels and nine thought bubbles, Grant Snider of Incidental Comics conceptualizes the chasm of faith, and what it takes to overcome it. Conditions will never be perfect, sometimes you just have to go for it.
The leap of faith is a necessary part of adulthood for many indigenous people. It is an ancient practice, perhaps hardwired into our DNA. Then it is fitting that a combination of words and images triggers understanding.
In Anthropological Research
Nothing extra is needed to overcome the chasm of faith, all that you need exists in your heart — the belief that you will make it to the other side, and the quiet acceptance of all that comes with it. Some of this has become familiar to us by the work of American mythologist Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904 - October 30, 1987). In 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces was first published, inspiring many, including George Lucas. (Lucas credits much of the inspiration for Star Wars to Campbell.)
In this passage, Campbell adds cultural and historical weight to the leap of faith:
It's scary beforehand and we delay and delay, but if and when we act, we often wonder why we waited. Perhaps it is this belief that the most meaningful parts of life will come to us, that we are owed it. But the finest aspects of life will not come to us, and when I say finest, I don't mean the luxuries of being born wealthy, I mean the most meaningful. And that meaning is elusive. Life will not come for us, we must go after it.
Useful Companions (Improve Your Education and This Site by Buying a Book):
- Special thanks to Grant Snider of Incidental Comics
- The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity – Grant Snider
- The Hero with a Thousand Faces - Joseph Campbell
- Star Wars: The Magic of Myth - Mary Henderson