“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Peter Pan is an interesting story, isn’t it? A boy who ran away because he didn’t want to grow up, living in a fantasy world where the only grown-ups are evil pirates.
And yet, at some level, all of us live in a made up world. I am not talking about the esoteric worlds of theoretical science or arcane philosophy. Each of us constructs our own world based on our own experiences, beliefs and understandings of the world.
Really, what is this construct but faith and trust, mixed with a bit of pixie dust?
Traditional faiths may have gone into somewhat of a decline in recent years, but that does not mean that faith has gone away. On the contrary, our very existence on a day-to-day basis is all about faith and trust.
On a very practical level, why would we bother to go to work, unless we believed that we would get paid, and trust that the money we received would be able to get things that matter to us?
Our like or dislike is irrelevant, the fact that we turn up to get money, shows we believe that money will in turn mean something to us.
When I get into my car and head down the road, I have to have faith that my car will work in a reasonable way, and trust that other road users will keep to at least the most basic of rules.
On a more basic level, we believe that life is worth living. We may struggle along or march joyfully, but most of us will find in our lives a combination of the two. In the good times and the bad we may say that we cannot go on, but we do.
And I guess this is where the pixie dust fits in.
Because to really carry on day to day, we must have some sort of belief in the ultimate purpose of it.
I know that some will disagree, saying “life is hard and then you die,” but if that is their core belief, why would they bother to carry on?
Maybe your “pixie dust” is the accumulation of wealth, or having fun with your mates, or getting drunk every weekend. These seem to me to be rather sad versions of pixie dust, but if they work for you then, I guess they are what works for you.
Maybe your “pixie dust” is a strong religious belief, or a committed political conviction. From my world view, at least these are more altruistic forms of the magic, even if I abhor your stance on particular issues.
We may not be aware of it, but all of us find our own version of pixie dust – our own reason for carrying on.
All of us are on our own journey through life, and rather than waiting for Tinkerbell to sprinkle the magic dust over us, we can search for our own magic, our own reason to carry one.