I keep hearing sayings lately about how conviction is the enemy of knowledge and that people who are so sure of themselves are always idiots, as though smart people can’t be prideful or arrogant (which is bullshit). Yes, blind faith is stupid, but conviction and passion is not. There’s actually something noble about devotion to what you believe is true to you and devotion to yourself.
Besides, what is true virtue: abandoning your beliefs when the going gets tough in pursuit of immediate reward, or holding on to what you believe is right even if you never get rewarded for it? In my opinion, even if you wind up poor, suffering, or on the verge of death, it is still worth holding on to what you really believe in and what is true to you, only re-evaluating your convictions when you really and truly lose faith because of what you feel inside rather than based on immediate material self-concern.