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‘A Whole New World‘ is one of the few songs I know all the words to (including Jasmine’s part) which goes to show how much I respect Aladdin. Spoiler alert (if you’ve lived in a TV-less cave for the past two decades): there’s a pivotal part in the movie where Aladdin sneaks up to Jasmine’s palace on his carpet and asks her to go for a ride. She of course, hesitates (coyly), and then agrees to take a leap of faith.
During today’s “Engineering Empathy” workshop I said that one way I dealt with frustration was to have faith that everything would turn out alright. ’Alright’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘the way you wanted it to’. It means a state better than the one you are currently in. Who knows how that ride will turn out? Even if you hit a few bumps, you will learn a few lessons along the way.
Faith is an interesting concept often reserved for religion. I would define faith as a confidence in something even though there’s doubt. Do you have faith that 1 + 1 = 2? No. Because you know it does. Do you have faith that your hospital system code is the best in the world? No. I know it is. Do you have faith that your friend will stay loyal and be there for you when you need him? Yes. There’s a doubt, but I have faith in him despite that doubt.
In some ways faith is stronger than knowledge. Even though 1 + 1 may never be proven wrong (except in binary), I have no emotional attachment to it. Its strength lies in its practicality and less so in its ability to inspire. So have a little faith and be inspired by a new fantastic point of view.