Skip to main content

What do you believe?

Beliefs color our thinking. In order to begin thinking clearly and rationally, we must learn to suppress, or at least examine our beliefs.

As an example, when you believe that being good keeps you safe from harm; emotionally, financially, and physically, then experiencing such harm can cause a serious crisis in your mind. If, however, you knew that bad events can happen to good people, and that it is not related to their goodness or badness, then you are not devastated emotionally when harm comes to you.

When you believe that God controls the universe, and that he will protect your family and loved ones from harm and illness, even from premature death, then you wind up confused, disillusioned, sometimes even hating God when a loved one becomes gravely ill or dies. If you examine your beliefs about the existence of God, or if you cannot bring yourself to do that, then about the actual track record of God in helping people, then the emotional confusion is lessened when such bad events happen.

If you see everything from an extreme political viewpoint, either conservative, liberal, communist, socialist, or religious, then you are less capable of seeing good ideas when they come from someone on the other side. If you hate the current political leadership because they do not follow your philosophy, then you become less able to engage in constructive debate; you sink to the level of simply hating that leader, no matter wheat he/she says or does.

Examine your beliefs, and be willing to question where they came from. See if there is objective, real evidence to support them. Then, see if there is objective, real evidence to support the opposite or different beliefs.

Make the world a better place by being less of a believer, and more of a thinker. Teach others to do so.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

St. Augustine on Curiosity ***

There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity... It is this which drives us to try and discover the secrets of nature, those secrets which are beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which man should not wish to learn.

- St. Augustine

***10/5/2013 - Note: this is probably a misquote, for the purpose of defaming St. Augustine.  I published it without any research as to its veracity, and I regret it.  He is a revered figure in Christianity and western culture, and whether we subscribe to his philosophy and views or not, everyone deserves at least to be described accurately. - James Carr.

Baltimore A Significantly Deadlier City Than Chicago

Article: http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/01/baltimore-a-significantly-deadlier-city-than-chicago/

Interesting thread of comments from this article.

Comment:
If blacks really thought their lives mattered, they wouldn't be killing each other so much.

Reply:
Giving authorities information about crimes in the inner city is dead man walking. The citizens have to change the mindset and adopt the ideology that Neighborhood watch working with law enforcement is the only way to fix the problem. The cultural mindset needs to change before the murders will stop.

Reply:
I couldn't agree more. White people CAN'T solve this problem for the black community. Only black people can break this suicidal trend and, frankly, I don't think they have any leaders bold or strong enough to lead them. At some level, you'd think they have to understand that shooting each other, having kids without responsibility, not improving their educational achievement and blaming others for their own poor dec…

MLK's Neice on Abortion

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- On a day when Americans across the country are celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his desire to regard all people as Americans worthy of equal treatment, his niece says King's dream, if announced today, would also include protecting unborn children from abortion.

Dr. Alveda King, today, is celebrating Uncle’s life and she said he would agree that, when it comes to treating all people with respect, that he would include babies before birth.

“Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of a Beloved Community where all are treated with respect and dignity,” Alveda King told LifeNews.com today.
“He fought against society’s exclusion of people who were treated as less than human because of their appearance," she added. "Today, we are compelled to continue Uncle Martin’s fight by standing up for those who are treated as less than human because of their helplessness and inconvenience."

King told LifeNews.com, “The unborn are as much a pa…