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I’ve always been interested in moments of disbelief, I don’t know if they possess any magic, but they do have something- Don ColenConfidence is when one can proceed ahead with whatever is being presented whether there is evidence to support it or not. Can we call it a leap of Faith then? Is it a delay of what we know to be certainty with the expectation that an otherworldly impact will mediate it? Faith is what is relied upon to make individuals go ahead with decisions with a firmness that does not arise with just logic. Belief may or may not turn into faith depending upon the intensity of belief that one has on the given theory or concept. If man understood the derivation of faith which is actually from the literature of religions itself – The Quran, The Bible and The Torah – can faith be explained to man by a simple document. Books are like the considerable religious records in the stories and associations they make with the life itself. This means one can trust The story of prophet Eesaa-1 and how Adam came to being with out a male partner or even Isaiah’s messages to Israel where he talks about While all the other people worshipped false idols, the one true God, the unborn, the undying, the unseen, the unquantifiable would be there for the people of Israel to whom the truth would be revealed. I can imagine about the snake around Shiva’s neck and how the coils correspond to the three time frames and the direction of the just path to be taken by an individual or even Garuda the famous winged beast in Indian mythology and why do snake have fork like tongues, my mother used to tell all these stories from the various puranas. I used to be infatuated with them when I was a kid, as I grew up I realized that I do not believe in them anymore. When I started watching them again I did not enjoy them until one of my friends asked me to keep logic aside and enjoy them. Logic is what makes us question what is presented and then makes us weigh it. Thus, it was at this point of time that I came up with the question that we intend to explore in this essay- Can there be no belief without putting aside logic? Religion and language in the form of literature would be explored for the purpose of this essay. I believe for one that this is surely the case. Willing suspension of disbelief is something that is of essence even when it comes to the gradual development of something as broad as philosophy. For instance, it was the belief of Hegel that the king can do no wrong and that the power of king emanates from divine source. The concept was further driven home by the clerics of church who used to earn tithe when the king got his gifts from the nobles. The nobles in turn ingrained this belief in the minds of the normal individuals who came to believe upon this as a dictum that can never be challenged. When the philosophers of the nationalistic era tried to convince them otherwise, they were laughed at and treated like lunatics. People reported them and got them executed as traitors. It is only when the normal folks had nothing to lose but their chains, that they started believing. It was only when they believed that they understood and advanced the concepts of liberty which became the guiding principles of the French revolution. Once people abandoned their disbelief collectively as a nation, they were able to wake up to the new realities and the new sunlight.As we talked about the literature and its influences we see that barely any names have thrown more fear into the human heart than Dracula. The incredible vampire, made by creator Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of a similar name, has roused incalculable thrillers, TV programs and other bloodcurdling stories of vampires. In spite of the fact that Dracula is an absolutely anecdotal creation, Stoker named his scandalous character after a genuine individual who happened to have a preference for blood: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia or  as he is better known Vlad the Impaler.  There were people who were terrified by the legend and people who used to talk about the legend as an actual historical event.   However, for a long long time historians and analyst of ancient artefacts were not even willing to believe that such an individual could have existed. They considered him just to be the part of folklores. However, after the location of the Tokat castle was ascertained and it was found in 2014, all those who had earlier got reasons to disbelieve in the tale were forced to alter the way they were thinking. It would not have been possible for anyone to find out the truth about him had all just sat there in disbelief. Attainment of knowledge thus is impossible without the suspension of disbelief. As an individual who was fascinated by all those stories about vampires and Dracula himself, the story held an important lesson for me. For being logically able to find the secrets hidden behind the motifs that might at times appear too unreal, one has to be open ended in his thought process. One must be willing to let go of the constraints and restrictions that one might hold regarding various aspects of life.  Well, not believing in something leads to doubts and doubts may actually lead to further exploration. This might suggest that doubt has to be done away with in order to learn anything of particular value, there are other avenues that forces us look the opposite way. Instances that show us that doubting would sometimes lead us a long way along the path of exploration and thus learning.  For instance, when it came to the origin of life, there were a number of theories but none as widely appealing as the inorganic one initially. It was believed that while dirty shirts gave birth to flies and damp corners gave birth to frogs. It was this theory of life emerging out of nowhere that infuriated many scientists and forced them to go ahead with experiments of their own to prove that this was not the case in fact. Oparin and Haldane in 1920s came up with the concept of gradual chemical evolution. They were however, in direct conflict with all those who believed in the inorganic theory of origin. The people in general did not let go of the belief that this was not the case. On the other hand those who doubted the theory came up with newer concepts like that of the primordial soup. To many, this might have seemed unbelievable in a similar manner to what seemed doubtful to these researchers. Many concepts and experiments later, they were able to instil the belief in the people in general that took them ahead of their disbelief. Here we see that those who were doubtful made the individuals probe further. the disbelief they held was what prompted researchers to probe further and prove their contentions.A second case which can be considered is that many believed that the fundamental unit and there are no smaller units. Daltons theory solidified the assumptions. Those who felt that it is not possible that atom is the fundamental until went on to the long road of research. Until members of the science society like G.J. Stoney and Rutherford pitched in the idea of elements being made of more particles and it that the atoms can be further divided. If the individuals who went ahead and found out all these sub atomic particles had not let go of their disbelief that there can be further divisions, there could have been no advancement of the given theory. Here again, is a classic case of the suspension of disbelief being of essence when it comes to the gaining of actual knowledge.To conclude imagination gives assumptions. Assumptions when supplemented by proofs gives birth to new knowledge and belief. However, when disbelief is not suspended like our forefathers never did, it never led them to a dead end but instead, the doubt also gave rise to new knowledge and beliefs. Hence, disbelief and suspension of it both play a part as far as new learning goes and both have to be there.


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