I was reading this post and felt that it related quite well with something I wrote a few years back. It is included below.
May my words aid in development.
I give thanks to all who view these ideas...
I have been thinking about the relation between the words "hope" and "faith" and what role they should play in one's vocabulary. Especially the Rasta ones.
These words are defined as:
Hope - A feeling that what is wanted will happen
Faith - Unquestioning belief especially in God; complete trust
I feel that many use these two words interchangebly but really, based on definitions, should not.
To me, hope seems to be a position in weakness. Hope may have the sound of positivity but does it not have the ring of desperation in it? We one hopes for something, does this person not give away all of his personal power in an attempt to gain something. "I hope this..." to me sounds as if we have given up and decide to let fate reside in the hands of something or someone else. It is a move in desperation. Is this not, in actuality, fear based?
Faith, to me, seems to keep the power within ourselves. True, faith may take more effort to keep but keeping faith in something, hopefully Jah, is keeping the power within us. When we put faith in Jah that something will happen, we are putting the faith in oursleves to make this come true. Putting faith is Jah is keeping faith in us as we are one in the same. If we are in essence Jah, what can we not accomplish with faith...Jah can not fail and as such we can not either.
Although hope and faith are mere words, we should really take note to what we say and what the words we use actually mean.
Using the word "faith" in replace of "hope" should present ourselves in the true Rasta essence as we base our beliefs that Jah is our guide thorugh this journey of life.
I have faith that some will have input to further develop these ideas that are in my head.
Give thanks to sisMenenI...Bless sistren.
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*after posting this I have come to see the link does not work they way I intended. If ones wish to view the discussion in its fullness, I will post it here.