“The system will work. We can trust in the system.”
Believe it or not, quite a number of people operate on that understanding. There are the institutions in place to ensure that things keep going as they should. The government, the schools, the police, the courts, the social services, these and other constructs are there for us to be sure that what we need to maintain safety, order and social progress is maintained.
You don’t have to be religious to have faith. Every day there’s an implicit understanding that failure to live up to what society deems as appropriate will lead to action being taken through those institutions in which we place our trust. And even if we don’t actively state that we trust in these things, there’s a thinking that there’s little point opposing the status quo because no matter what happens, the majority of people feel safer with things just the way they are.
Episodes of corruption and miscarriages of justice are there to highlight the need for vigilance and ongoing reform on the aspects of the system. There’s nothing to suggest however that the system should be radically overhauled. There are not even questions as to who really rules this system. In fact the effort it would take for that to even be entertained on a serious level would be too much for most people.
And faith is maintained in the system. A system that is necessarily flawed because it’s maintained by people who flawed out of their very nature. The best will seeks for things to be done out of honour and service and so it is done. There are true believers in the system. They suggest they don’t believe in any higher power, but they certainly invest their time and faith in what they see. So important and compelling is that faith that they will happily seek its upkeep rather than taking the effort to consider any alternative.
That kind of compelling faith is understandable. It says something about us as people. We have to trust something. We have to believe in something. The argument is that it’s better to believe in what has been ‘proven’ and what we can see and engage with. Even if the underlying foundations of that which we see are actually unseen.
Well, at least we have faith. We need to have that faith because we can trust the system.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden