Why Do You Believe?

03/21/2017

At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

A certain holy book states that if you seek the truth, it will set you free. Why would a holy book that is “the truth”, according to some, tell you to go seek the truth? Perhaps, here’s why.

Our belief systems are what we believe to be the truth. That is, you believe you know, even when you don’t. Of course, belief systems change every generation or so. Therefore, what we believe is the truth is constantly changing. Even science has but one certainty – and that is that scientific theory is always changing. That’s why they refer to it as theory, as opposed to the term “scientific truth.”

Most of us are married to our beliefs, unable to see other perspectives. In fact, most people won’t even consider that they might be wrong. So, whether it’s politics, religion or simply where to get the best Polish sausage in Chicago, everyone has an opinion and they’re absolutely convinced that they are right. Just go ask Ashley Judd, for example. Stuart Chase put it this way, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”

Strangely enough, though, our beliefs are based on what other people have told us and their beliefs are based on what other people have told them…and so on. We are always living someone else’s beliefs. For most, we believe in what we believe because we want to fit in (in our culture, that is). Our culture dictates our beliefs.

However, to truly believe means that you must decide for yourselves. Try this little experiment. Start with a clean sheet of paper. This represents your mind, with no beliefs whatsoever. Then write down what you believe in, but only those things that you can honestly tell yourself that you absolutely know are true. When you’re finished, how many beliefs have you written down?  It might surprise you to know that many of those beliefs are not true.

In the end, it’s not so much about what you believe in, but how it is that you have decided to believe. You have the power to choose. Life is always about choices. To truly choose, though, requires that you overcome fear – the fear of being rejected by others. That’s why so many people compromise and choose other people’s belief systems. They consider it “safer.” After all, why be an individual when you can be safe in the hive mind?

However, choices have consequences – frequently ones that are life-changing. If you live your life based on other peoples’ beliefs you will never become the person that you were meant to be. Rather, you’ll simply be a clone reiterating what you’ve been brainwashed to believe. As Kevin Michel said, “Every conscious thought you have, every moment you spend on an idea, is a commitment to be stuck with that idea and with aspects of that level of thinking, for the rest of your life.”

 

Epilogue

There are a few reasons why humans are unable to ascertain the truth. First of all, their physical senses are woefully limited; their most important sense, intuition, is rarely even used. Further, the virtual reality matrix that we exist in is designed in such a way as to obscure the truth. We have become a dumbed-down species which is often incapable of processing information, let alone determining if it is accurate or not. Accordingly, you need to consider if anything you have been taught to believe is really true.

 

 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” David Bohm

 

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12 Responses to “Why Do You Believe?”

  1. Scottie said

    I like the Bohm quote. I never thought of it that way, but does make sense the way people stick in their never changing ideas. Hugs

    • chicagoja said

      As I told Ark on his blog, most people can only think in black and white. However, what if you knew that, in life, there are an infinite number of possible answers to any question? Wouldn’t that change your perception of yourself and your place in the world?

      • Scottie said

        That question can’t apply to me or my rational thought as phrased. I can not conceive of …. infinite number of possible answers…I can comprehend the idea of having more choices than given in most situation of thought, and also I am normally already including most of those in my reasoning process. So like the question of religion or not religion, I already figured in answers other than those. But yes I can see your point, and I can see Arks. It simply is a matter of wording and perspective. Hugs

      • chicagoja said

        Problem is that logic can explain little here, especially when it is dependent on a sensory system which is wholly inadequate. Nevertheless, some people feel that they can perceive reality anyway when, in fact, reality is, as Einstein said, an illusion. So, we sit here arguing that my belief system is better than yours. In the end, Ark badgers me to give him all the answers but even if I did he would still be absolutely certain that he is right. Hence the famous quote, “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.”

      • Scottie said

        Yes, But without the Ark side of it, I am thinking on the sensory system not being adequate. Our senses can only be used to determine the “natural” world. For the “supernatural or unnatural” worlds the only thing we can use is our imaginations. SO you are correct logic wouldn’t work on a discussion of infinite realms and worlds. I think then the only way to judge if one person’s belief system is better is to first ask is it reality based or imagination based. They have as we said different ways to judge them and different reasons to even do so. Hugs

      • chicagoja said

        My point is that our senses cannot adequately understand the natural world. In fact, there is no empirical way for us to know that the natural world is real. We simply perceive it to be real. Interestingly enough, scientists say that our perceptions are formed in our mind before we are even conscious of those decisions. So, exactly who is the thinker of the thoughts? If you were to record our thought-process on an oscilloscope you would see that our thoughts literally come from a zero point field. So, what exactly does that make us?

      • Scottie said

        I guess I don’t see this as anyway to deal with reality. Yes there could be more than my senses can detect, their maybe no way to tell if the world I detect is real, and no I can’t go beyond my own mind. I am not really into nor interested in that other than as imagination or a seldom thought exercise. I have to deal with my self, others, and my world ( includes discussions of supernatural ) in the natural world my senses can measure and tell me about. I think maybe that was why Ark and the others wanted more information from you now that I think on it. They were trying to deal with your comment the same way I am, through the natural world we sense and think we know. Hugs

      • chicagoja said

        I understand totally. The original point was that people are totally convinced that they are right when they don’t really know….and they won’t keep an open mind.

  2. John Branyan said

    “The original point was that people are totally convinced that they are right when they don’t really know….and they won’t keep an open mind.”

    I’m totally convinced this statement is right.

  3. babarahs said

    We sure think alike…I think…

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