“When I talk about belief, why do you always assume I’m talking about God?” – Ronald Glass as Shepard Book, in Serenity.
Probably one of the most powerful and poignant lines in movie history that goes unnoticed. I always find it funny how some people would look at people who are passionate about something and call them nuts.
Like if you’re not in the middle and care about everything with the same amount of emotion or understanding then you’re a freak. If your passionate about something it’s because you believe in your heart you are in the right. Don’t get me wrong, believers can be dangerous too. It’s the destructive believer’s that you need to worry about.
For instance, Communist Russia believed that sharing everything was the way to go. Consequently you had bread lines and shortages of toilet paper along with mass poverty. Or going further back, Adolph Hitler believed that the “Arian Race” was superior to everyone else and that the Jewish people were the cause of all pain and suffering. More recently the 9-11 hijackers who believed that killing 3,000 civilians was the ultimate righteous deed and would get them into heaven where 72 virgins will meet them.
Now let’s look at the other side. The U.S. military is composed with huge numbers of soldiers who believe in something bigger than themselves and would stand up to protect it. Church leaders who believe in a higher calling and thus tries to bring their teachings to others. Then there’s you, you believe in something. It could be the power of healing, or the belief that teaching our young is the single best hope we have, or protecting the public is the most noblest of duties.
If you are one of those people who don’t have a belief, you’re lying to yourself, or just haven’t found it yet, but you will. Another great quote from the same movie and character; “It doesn’t matter what you believe, just believe”