It got me thinking, why exactly do we pray? After some pondering and without going into the line of thought of god and so forth, the only logical answer, I could come up with was a re-enforced belief structure.
Why? One may ask. Well the answer is fairly simple. Everything we know or claim to know is based on some knowledge, which in turn is based on some belief. At the most fundamental level of Physics and Math we have made assumptions that lay the foundations to our advanced theories. Thus, a prayer merely seeks to transfer the responsibility of our lives to some abstracted entity that we believe has the power to solve our problems. In return, we seek and some manage to receive a security of sorts.
Yet, my misery plagues me as I seem to have the uncanny ability to carry it with me. More like one of those symbiotic relationships we keep hearing off in those Nat geo documentaries and Zoology textbooks. Now, I struggled to see if I could rationalize myself to do some load transfer to an entity such as described above, thus receiving a huge increased processing power. Here, I am reminded by Pascal's statements...
There may or may not be a god.
The only way I stand to lose is,
if he exits and I dont believe in him.
So, I will believe in god.
Funny how choices always create a dilemma such as this. Re-quoting what my good friend Matt quoted on his page, I decide to move on.
"The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."