At the end of his TEDx Talk, speaker Dylan Woon presents two possibilities following acceptance. These routes are:
1. Live peacefully with the situation
2. Strive actively to change things
Might there be a third, hidden middle route to walk between these two paths? Perhaps one must shift back-and-forth between these options until the new situation solidifies. Whatever mode of existence one has decided on at this point may be the middle way of the accepted reality.
Two insights, each respectively from Buddhism and Christianity, may combine to reveal something important.
The Third Noble Truth of Buddhism states that we can escape the suffering inherent in life (which is acknowledged by the First Truth).
For Christians, though humans are mortal, Jesus Christ’s example can be followed to lead a more virtuous life.
We can transcend life’s suffering by following the examples set by ideal beings: even though they are supernormal!
Pure faith has to be a special kind of knowledge. Faith must be blind: to be respected, it ought not to be challenged.
Faith is conviction in what can only be felt intuitively. As such, it cannot be scientific; it need not be checked against externality.
Faith in the ultimate is irrational. It may be a kind of knowing rather than knowledge–it cannot be denied, once had. To attempt such would be to reject God’s gift to us.
Faith is the absolute episteme. It can be placed in anything, and is holy as such. The holy person cannot break something so sacred!
Knowledge of faith is only afforded by genuine wisdom.