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"If the cultivation of understanding consists in one
thing more than another, it is surely in learning the
grounds of one's own opinions." - John Stuart Mill

The Foundation of Belief

BELIEF SYSTEM n: that intellectual structure of learned knowledge, indoctrinated concepts and chosen beliefs that determines our will, conscience and ultimate behavior. See definitions of choice, conscience, decision, will, religion.

Believe, as defined by The Analytical Greek Lexicon:

"to be persuaded of, to be confident of, to be induced, to be convinced, to yield belief, to assent, to be assured, to be confident, to trust, to rely on, to confide in."

"If the ordinary man may not discuss existence, why should he be asked to conduct it?" - Chesterton

BUILDING A BELIEF SYSTEM

Do you have the courage to really question your belief system?. Have you made a commitment to subject your beliefs to the reality check of them being rational, logical and reasonable? Do you have a paradigm? Aren't paradigms crucial and paramount? Are you trapped in a paradigm not of your own choosing?

Faith is the continuation of reason. - William Adams

In our material existence we generally dwell in some kind of building, some kind of structure, and we can go in and out of it with relative ease.  You more surely live within your belief structure, but you can't go in and out unless you are comfortable being a hypocrite. You can only (maybe) change it.  Can you or can't you?!  Do you have control of your belief system or does your belief system have control over you?

1.      When you start to build a belief system you CAN'T start with NOTHING.  As Heidegger put it, “Nothing nothings.”  Even the possibility of something is not nothing.  NOTHING is only a concept to contrast with SOMETHING.

2.      Since we have SOMETHING, we can choose to internalize authority and  BELIEVE in our own ability to be logical and to reason. Then we can reason as to what we should start with.  In this regard there are 3 and only 3 possibilities:

a.  We start with physical matter and postulate that intelligence somehow arose out of the material as an "emergent property".

b.  We start with the universe of both intelligence and material and say this bicameral universe of both the spiritual and the physical “Just is.”

c.  We start with intelligence and postulate that physical matter was created by an intelligent agency.

Option #c is the only one that makes the most sense and lays the foundation for a possibility of actually "winning" everything that we legitimately want and need, and doing so imminently.

And lead us not into the temptation to indulge in these spoilers of true and pure belief:

The following list of "Incentives to Believe" explains in one or more important instances the motivation which caused many to embrace, champion, and popularize ...:

The means whereby health, wealth, and happiness may be obtained;

The essential evidence that one's church, political party, race, city, state and nation is superior;

The fragments of knowledge to establish a scientific, literary, artistic, historical or other hypothesis;

The spectacular incidents to give sanctions to prejudices, attitudes and opinions;

The heroes to worship and the vicarious thrills by which to escape an otherwise dull and routine existence.
- Dudley, H.C., "The Personal Tragedy of Albert Einstein", KRONOS I-4 Winter 1976

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