Let’s talk probability. There are ways a faith affects them. It maintains an antifragile process (2021-11-05). It stirs, looking for opportunity of fulfillment, and has a greater chance of finding one compared to a system that neither stirs nor looks. We can posit that there is a Novelty Search aspect to the path thus stirred by faith (cf. “plasm 118:35 interpretation of Theophan the Recluse”). There’s a connection between faith, working through the pull of Predictive Processing, and desire: both quicken that search. There’s active and passive faith, or desire: one pushes roadblocks and obstacles away, the other is merely pinned by them. Active faith, or desire, thus dedicates resources to search, of nature both known and unknown. One is Cronus, the Time.
Time can be dedicated in a conscious process: as “hypnotic behaviour is meaningful, goal-directed striving”, as a prayer, a ritual, a technique, a dance. Or it can be happening elsewhere, in the physical interactions from which it is measured, far below the threshold of memory and reflection.
It’s funny to think of it though. Time as the fire which will consume everything. Wielded by desire, wielded by faith.