MAKE BELIEVE

Again And Again

 We are living in a world of make believe, that is, we make what we believe.

To make something different, we must believe something different.

                                                                                        Steve Bhaerman

To make is to cause to exist; to create; to form in the mind. We create our beliefs in our minds. Because we make our beliefs, we can make new beliefs. We can change our beliefs, but we have to want to. When “we make what we believe”, what we make is what we want to be true. And we don’t want to change what we want to be true. Herein lies a human problem.

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”  John Kenneth Galbraith

Since frequently many people make conflicting beliefs, all conflicting beliefs cannot be true.  Which ones are true? Which ones do we want to be true? Truth varies and beliefs vary. Sometimes what was once true is no longer true. Beliefs can also become out of date. Humans are good at updating their computer software (the computer operating system that programs their computer. Humans are not good at updating the software of the mind, which directs its operation. Beliefs are the software that programs the human mind. To update is to change; this means to change the mind. Another human problem.

Human self-deception is one of the most impressive software programs                              ever devised. David Nyberg

The key words of this blog are beliefs and change. In a world of constant change, many beliefs need to change (some truths also). Changing beliefs means creating new beliefs. Creativity and change are two sides of the same coin. Creativity is needed to respond successfully to change and creativity, in turn, results in change. James Adams.

I know there is no delete button for biased, exclusive, closed-minded dogmatic beliefs, and no software program to provide a default position for open-minded, inclusive human beliefs. Beliefs are the search engine of the mind. So pay attention to what you believe.

A lot of us in America don’t like the way the world is going. If we want to make the world something different, we must believe something different.  What we believe is a powerful weapon of mass construction/creation. If make believe is making what we believe, we will need to make believe again and again. Which beliefs are true? Which ones do we want to be true? Which ones are weapons of mass destruction or mass construction?  Our future will depend on how we make our future. How we make our future will depend on how we make our beliefs. And if we can change them.

How many counselors does it take to change a lightbulb? It only takes one, but the lightbulb has to want to change.  (One of many changing light bulb jokes)

 

 

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2 Responses to MAKE BELIEVE

  1. Eugene Unger says:

    Oh human beings? Who are these men from whom you seek wisdom? How is your small boat surviving on a sea of suggested wisdom and mixed metaphors ? How did these men do? Did they follow their own wisdom path? Do you? Do I ? How are you doing in this twilight of you life? How is your wisdom path serving you ? How is mine serving me? Time to set clever aside . Who are we? What do we stand for? In this world, we had better know! God is not kidding about our end time. It’s the life plan. His not ours . Where are we going for breakfast tomorrow? Will be granted the blessing of another day? Thoughtful thoughts after your friends die. Sent from my iPad

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  2. Marianne says:

    I think our basic values don’t change.
    Maybe the way we enact them does.

    In our world today it is hard to know what truth is, but it doesn’t change “the Truth”.

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