The End of Faith World
I like to find popular unexamined ideas, then satirically take them seriously and extrapolate them to their comically absurd conclusions. It’s a great way to get fantasy-story plotlines.
So consider, if you please, the popular nostrum that Faith Is All You Need. You just have to believe in yourself; then miracles will happen, and doors will open for you. All that’s needed is motivation and the willingness to plunge forward despite lacking all evidence. It’s sincerity, you see, that counts. It’s not what you know, but how strongly you think it’s so. Self-confidence is always lucky, because life is fair!
No doubt you’ve heard this before, from football coaches, New-Age motivational speakers and Presidential campaign ads, right? And you know it’s BS, right? All right, then; what if there were a fantasy world in which this stuff is not BS at all, but verifiably, experimentally true? What if you could industrialize the effect?
I submit that such a world would amusingly nightmarish in many interesting ways; one of which is that their self-serving BS is our home truth; Murphy’s Law, entropy, and so on.
One trouble with the all-you-need-is-faith world is that every failure is your own damn fault. Another problem is that a-holes always get their own way. Everything becomes a battle of faith and will.
Take for instance obvious divine intervention in sports events. But won’t the referees call that cheating? Game called because of miracles!
So where’s the objective reality? Such a world will tend to disintegrate into Dickian chaos. It’s a world run by force, not law. Hence a chaotic world, inherently unjust. Infernal.
I propose that our hero wish for a world of laws (including, alas, Murphy’s); but it would have to be “the people” wishing that. Of course this would be a change that the sociopathic forceful 1% would oppose. Hence a revolution.
Proof of the People’s triumph is toast falling buttered side down!