We often argue with people imagining that their whole belief system is simply like a big hot air balloon (left image). We visualize their entire faith crashing if we make one small puncture in their naive thin vacuous balloon. We can almost hear the hissing of the leak as their hot air rushing out as they crash toward the ground.
But people’s beliefs aren’t built like that. Instead, our beliefs cluster together and support each other. The picture on the right is probably a better model of how to think about our belief systems. One or even several balloons could pop and we would still be floating.
I have tried to visually capture that idea in other posts too. The picture to the left is visualizing “God” in a modular fashion. That series of posts shows how even if one of the component-Gods shrinks, the others compensate to keep the “God” intact (albeit altered a bit).
The picture on the right is from my post which illustrates compartmentalized beliefs. This model shows our beliefs as connected but isolatable parts of a submarine. The submarine (our belief system) is designed so that if it has a small attack or accident, it can isolate the damage and survive.
Question to Readers: Do these images help? What images do you use?
HT: Inspired by Devin at Veil of Deceit — thanks.