General Question

FB's avatar

Since life, as it is sold to us, demands that we buy into a proven system of success, why then, do all of the awesome accomplishments in life always appear to be ultimately based upon a leap of faith?

Asked by FB (508points) August 12th, 2009

By far, one of my top 10 favorite quotes, seems well fitted to accompany the above question, while possibly seeding the crafting of a thought or a tale by the collective.

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” – Danny Kaye

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

7 Answers

Akiora's avatar

I don’t think the two exclude each other…
Isn’t that “system of success” advanced through by making those accomplishments that are based on risk or “leaps of faith?” Just because there’s a system of success doesn’t mean it’s prescriptive – it just requires success in some form.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Life doesn’t demand we buy into anything. That’s a conscious decision by the individual.
I think every major success does depend on the individual taking a certain amount of risk. If we just buy in to this amorphous idea of what we think society wants us to be then yes that makes success more difficult to come by. No one became wildly successful by doing the same thing as 90% of their local population.

marinelife's avatar

I don’t really accept the premise of the question.

First, life is not sold to us at all.

Second, life is not sold to us as any particular thing.

Finally, many accomplishments rest on a lot of hard work rather than a leap of faith.

Faulty premise leads to faulty conclusions.

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t know where you “bought” your life, but you was cheated. Faith doesn’t have any part in living.

ABoyNamedBoobs03's avatar

I think the only system of success is that which works for you individually.

nebule's avatar

What kind of acomplishments are you thinking of…all mine have involved a great deal of hard work and sometimes a little faith… but you look pretty happy…what’s your secret?

wundayatta's avatar

Because defining something as an accomplishment is purely arbitrary. It’s a leap of faith on your part to call something you’ve done an accomplishment. If we want, we can buy into the prevailing notion of success, and measure ourselves by our perception of that notion. It’s still a leap of faith to believe anyone else would deep your accomplishment as theirs, too.

Faith in accomplishment is kind of irrelevant, though. It only matters if you have a hope of pleasing someone else. If you give up that hope, then you can do whatever you want, without caring what anyone else thinks.

I feel I have no hope of accomplishing anything I would consider to be an accomplishment. Maybe others would think something I did was an accomplishment, but I can’t imagine that I would ever feel that way. That’s a kind of self-defeating belief, so, since I’m helpless to change it, I ignore it. Thus, accomplishment matters not to me. It’s beside the point. I just do what I do, and try not to judge it.

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther