Regardless of what, in whom or how you believe, faith is conceptually necessary. Even as a diverse, differential, uniquely-driven people, we’ve discovered nothing in its absence and owe all knowledge to it, save the occasional accident or lucky stumble. It has been—and always will be—one of the First Rungs. Debate even unto the last light and incinerating heat of a supernova sun, but we cannot endure or reach beyond a bankruptcy of faith. Not only is it the essence of perseverance and at the very heart of our most complex rationalizations and motivations, it is unavoidably, incontrovertibly, absolutely necessary to the frames in which we might hang living portraits of a tomorrow we in the meantime can only dare to imagine.
As is love and as is hope, it is one of our cardinal universalities.