“How are you of a belief if you’ve never challenged the belief?”
The above photo that I am using to describe beliefs being challenged does not only extend to religion, but other areas of interest as well. Though religion is a big part of beliefs in our society. Our religious beliefs have shaped how we write laws, design policy, rear children, joining together in marriage, and even the consumption of our diets. But how many of us challenge our beliefs? How many of us question why we truly believe something? How many of us can honestly say we believe in the preaching and teachings of ones’ faith base? Easier said than done, especially with a lifeform that has so much free will.
So how is it possible to believe in something without questioning why you believe? Better yet, why is it so hard for people to even ask the question? The main reason in my opinion, is that we are afraid of the burden of proof. That burden of proof can be broken down into a simple word, LOGIC. We hate having open dialogue because we fear someone might say something that goes against our belief. But, not only go against, provides hard proof that forces us to shift our beliefs. No one wants to believe their belief is false. Yet we are finding out new things about our being on this Earth each and every day.
Which brings me to another reason why people find it hard to challenge beliefs, They don’t want to live with the idea that what they believe might force them to change. It’s the whole do as I say, not as I do mentality. Why not we both do as we do. Then the person says, “Well, nobody’s perfect.” It gives them an excuse to keep doing wrong while chastising you. But why do we do it? Why do we chastise others while we are not living our own truths. One reason is that looking from afar, we can feel better about ourselves knowing someone else is just as screwed up as us. We say to ourselves, “Rich folks just as crazy as poor folks.” But have you ever questioned why it truly feels good to like something through someone else’s shortcomings?
Something else besides looking at their shortcomings that makes us feel better is the another internal issue. That issue is that if they don’t have problems, and I do, it makes me look at myself through a magnifying glass at my lack of capabilities. Meaning, some people believe man did not go to the moon. For some reason it’s hard to believe there are people this smart in our society with failing civilizations. It’s almost like we say, “If we had that genius we would cure this or fix that.” But the fact of the matter is that my intellect does not extend to society being fixed. My intellect is my intellect; and if I choose to share it with the world then fine, if not so be it.
In the end, we believe the things we believe because man has a fascination with self. We feel that since we believe something it must be true. When the fact of the matter is, the majority of our beliefs are not true. Reality is that we just don’t know as much as we think we do. People in religion says man is always trying to play God. But man is believed to have been around 1.2 million years through evolution. And yet we are only a Type .79 civilization on a possible Type 6 (THE POWERS OF GOD). The human brain is quite complex, so much so, we at can’t comprehend where some of our beliefs at times do come from. But only challenging why you feel a certain why will change society. Nonetheless, we continue on, in our beliefs, until something actually does happen that forces us to change course.