Is the promise of knowing, greater than the reality of having?

Have you experienced a moment, or period in your life, perhaps driven by emotion that you embrace the promise of knowing something over the reality of having it. Obviously this does not necessarily apply to a new vehicle or piece of property, as either you have that or you don't. The idea stems from this example; When my Father passed away, one coping method reflected this pretense. I truly believed that the promise of knowing (he was in a greater place) was greater than having (physically here). My question; Can our faith trump our rationale and justify our emotions to protect from possible future regret? And does this apply to other intellectual property, ideas, emotions, and thought?

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