That Is The Question
It is said that beliefs are the ties that blind you. Unknown
When one man publicly beheads another man, what could be the beliefs behind that behavior? How did he acquire those beliefs? Who or what is responsible for the beliefs? Can the beliefs be changed? I don’t know the answers to those questions, but I do know you can’t change beliefs by bombing the believers. Another question might be: Are some beliefs better than others?
At the risk of exaggerating or being dramatic, I suggest that beliefs are the cause of much of the turmoil in the world today. I am talking about beliefs that bind and blind. Many of these beliefs are unconscious beliefs or unexamined beliefs. I believe some beliefs are better than others. The theme of my POI essays and blogs has been the virtue of uncertainty and the benefit of doubt. Better beliefs are open-mined and inclusive.
The closed-minded, exclusive beliefs that I think are the cause of much of the turmoil in the world today are not better beliefs. Recent events have caused me to be pessimistic about the role of beliefs in the future of the world. And I am now beginning to wonder if certain collective binding and blinding beliefs can ever be changed. This one horrible beheading example is only one of many recent horrible world events that are caused by beliefs. And if you look at the past you will find many more examples.
What do you think? Are some beliefs better than others? Are some beliefs OK to believe and others not OK to believe? Does the future of the world depend on the better beliefs of its inhabitants? If not, what does it depend on?
We prefer to believe what we prefer to be true. Francis Bacon