Many will accept vacuous thoughts and abject idiocy when they are draped in the dime-store tinsel known as belief.
Throw-away synaptical impulses become hardened truths when we suggest that they come from some profound corner of the universe, hidden from those who don’t believe in God…knows what. But we believe them, so that makes it OK.
If you desire to live inside a big fish, make a woman out of a man’s rib, build a boat to transport all the animals of the world or turn water to wine, remember to say that your imbecilic convictions are based on belief, rather than thought. That way no one will expect them to be rational.
Belief is like a Get Out of Jail Free card for irrationality and ignorance.
And recently appears to have become the secret decoder ring of duck hunters and their apologists.