Your beliefs pave your way to success or block you. Marsha Sinetar
All beliefs are not all the same. Some beliefs are positive; some beliefs are negative. Some are dogmatic, some are tentative. Some optimistic, some pessimistic. Some beliefs are bridges and some beliefs are barriers. Some beliefs are better than others.
This blog is a review of my beliefs about beliefs. Beliefs have been my theme. This is because beliefs become behavior. What we do is strongly influenced by what we believe. If I believe another man is extremely likeable I will befriend him. If one man believes another man is extremely dangerous, he shoots him. For me, beliefs are the cause and effect of human history.
Our minds are the source, and if properly directed, the solution to all our problems. The Dalai Lama
If you believed Donald Trump was the solution to the American political problems, you voted for him. If you believed Trump was unfit to be president, you didn’t vote for him. Beliefs have caused people to blow themselves up. Beliefs have caused people to invent wonderful additions to the world. Beliefs lead to positive or negative consequences for believers and/or for others. I believe it is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of beliefs.
Beliefs are learned and can be unlearned. However, learning and unlearning depends on where believers are on the belief continuum. Beliefs are on a continuum from dogmatic to tentative, with passive believers, unaware of what they believe, in between. Dogmatic believers are hard to move along the continuum (maybe impossible). Passive believers can learn to pay attention to their beliefs. Tentative believers are likely to investigate and clarify their beliefs.
My belief about beliefs has lead to my promoting a collective worldview that is open and inclusive. My blogs have always emphasized that believing is seeing is doing. Being open-minded requires positive uncertainty. Being inclusive requires systems thinking, acknowledging that everything is interconnected to every thing else. Believing with an open mind and seeing the big picture creates a worldview that is open and inclusive. The problem with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and putting things in it, Terry Prachett. The problem with trying to have an inclusive worldview is that seeing all there is isn’t possible.
Understanding open-mindedness is maybe possible. Understanding inclusiveness may not be. It requires understanding the interconnectedness of everything. Such complete understanding may not be realistic. This lack of understanding is the cause of many of today’s problems: racism, white supremacy, pro-Nazism, and all forms of exclusiveness. The current political divisiveness is an example of ignoring systems thinking and not understanding interconnectedness. The good news is that today, especially in politics, beliefs as barriers and bridges is receiving a lot of attention.
It is said that beliefs are the ties that blind you. Unknown