Tell us about the role that faith plays in your life -or doesn’t.
When I think of faith, it is about people different products in the market and of course religious belief.
Let me write about foods we buy at the supermarket. I tend to visit one near my home, I find it has a variety of food and are fresh, depending on what day of the week I visit the store. Mid-week I find the fresh foods are picked and scattered by consumers, this keeps me from buying the fresh produce, because what is left on the shelves are not worth eating. This is is when my faith in buying fresh vegetables takes a beating. I then buy frozen vegetables, lately I’m finding even these vegetables are not worth buying.
My attention goes from food to people, I’ve met some really great people, and not so great as well. I try to give them a chance, I do not give them three strikes right away, I wait and figure them out. In my mind it’s better to know who they are by their day to day reaction with people. I have no faith in people who boast about themselves, immediately I think,”empty vessels make more noise.”
Some of them are capable of hiding their real selves, like Bundy who was able to fool people by his outside behavior, then there was the man in Chicago who pretended to be a beggar, he was able to get inside the house of the nurses and kill most of them.I am careful who I trust, the world is becoming a dangerous place.
Even the real beggars are difficult to trust. The example of a woman beggar is still alive in my mind. I was a student visiting my uncle in Dhaka, there was a knock on the door, the servant opened the door, I saw a woman standing outside begging for money, she was wearing an old torn sari, my uncle saw her and told the servant to get a new sari from the closet to give her. He told her to change the sari and throw the old torn sari, she wore the new sari and carried the old one with her.
My uncle looked outside to see what she’d do with the old one, he was amazed to see she was wearing the old one, and the new one was not with her. This was one way of cheating people. This way she collected a lot of saris given to her. This was her way of making money, she sold the new saris and continued to wear the torn one. It’s difficult to have faith in people who trick us.
I take my time to know people, I avoid being fooled.
I have strong faith in God, I know if I do wrong I’ll face the consequences. Although there are people who are liars and thieves, but they do all right. In my mind I believe they will face the consequences of their misdeeds they will not be spared.