Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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I'd offer that faith means you recognize what is outside your ability to control or influence directly, despite your best intentions, and knowing that, you proceed under the assumption that those things will resolve themselves favorably.
I don't think having a lack of faith is a bad thing, because I'm fairly conservative. Faith is swell, but if it's not founded in reason - e.g. a calculation of all the elements involved to gauge whether or not the faith is well-placed (as I think Bot suggests), then you need to make sure your bases are covered. Just in case. To the contrary, I think faith is something to be earned. If you can afford to have it, you've done well. A caveat is that the bar needs to be set at a fair level.
For example, I have faith that my team and the systems they manage will work as expected, and any problems that may arise in my absence will be competently resolved - because the history of those systems and the performance of my team doesn't provide a reasonable justification for concern.
If you asked me to build a supercomputer by Wednesday, I would not have faith that we could do so.