I’m not only talking about religious or political belief, but also day-to-day beliefs. I’m referring to the large section of our conscious minds which are set aside to the unknown. The unproven.
How do we form our beliefs? – Where do our ideas come from?
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice.
What Do You Believe Is True, Even Though You Can’t Prove It?
I don’t pretend to have any special insight, beyond a healthy interest in the subject. I picked it up from my father who always had his head in a heavy book. Sometimes he’d peer up from his studies, and I could tell he was taking a moment to digest an interesting idea.
Beliefs are enchanting because they may lead to the greater truth of our very existence. They are by nature, mystical.
We all have our own beliefs, ideas we’ve picked up along the way. Formed by our environment, influences we were exposed to, and some, just concepts fed to us by what appear to be, sources of authority.
As you get older you begin to challenge these ideas and their sources, and soon the structure of the known world begins to crumble.
And that’s important because beliefs are integral to how you interact with the world around you, setting an order to your behaviour.
Focusing on the personal level, how much value can you give to somebody else’s belief?
What We Believe But Cannot Prove
In the modern world, the battle for the mind is a complex one. In the past, if you wanted to influence another you’d simply speak to them in person. You could hold a village meeting, or print a flyer for distribution, publish a book, and more recently, make a film. Now though, we have the internet.
Consider the past, and those mediums of communication. They all allowed you to disseminate an idea that most people wouldn’t have the means to properly challenge.
Normal people are generally busy with the business of earning a living. It’s fair to say that the only opposition you’d have to your idea would be the mental faculties of the individual, and the group they were a part of.
That is to say, they had limited access to information.
Once an individual was persuaded, they could take your idea to another within their social circle. They could present the idea as best they could, and hopefully convert another to believe in your idea.
If somebody opposed your idea, they could go to the same lengths as you -assuming they had the financial resources. They too could hold meetings, print flyers, make a film, etc.
Today, mainly due to the internet, suggestion is a much harder thing to achieve. If an individual has an inkling that your idea is wrong, they might seek further information from the internet. They might find a purer logic which dismantles your idea, or they may find an inferior notion and adopt that as truth.
Truth and Belief
With so much information available, so many beliefs on offer, it can get quite confusing. But we can only apply our mind to the belief, and weigh it up on our own scale.
And when I meet a person who offers me their belief, I do as much.
But what value can I give to the person offering a belief? That depends on their intent.
Many false teachers have an honest intent. While some truth speakers harbour a malicious agenda.
While the messenger doesn’t change the message, it does change my mood.
Years ago, I obtained some of my fathers books. He studied belief systems his entire life. I deduced, from the books, what he had finally settled on. At the time I couldn’t understand why. I thought he was lost. But as my studies continued, I landed on the same square as he.
Despite him being my father, I rejected the concepts because my mental faculties weren’t having it.
Belief is a funny and interesting thing. Almost as interesting as the truth.
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