In one way or another, you and I, consciously or unconsciously subscribe to certain beliefs about life. It gives us confidence on how to live, it shapes our character and gives us our identity.
Reading this now, your friends, family and people you know might come to know you or describe you based on your beliefs – the vegetarian, the christian or the capitalist.
My thought process here is that common belief systems can be an expression of our ego, at the cost of collective thinking.
By that I mean as you or I journey forward in life and attempt to master it’s different aspects, I am fearful of losing my openness to alternative views of what I know to be true in my personal experience.
Let’s take something as common as nutrition for example:
I know in my experience that if i eat less calories than i burn off in a day for a consistent period of time – I will lose weight. I also know that this pertains to many other personal experiences among my clients and furthermore, this is predicated on scientific peer reviewed research to be true!
I don’t think that it would arrogant to suggest that if you wanted to lose weight that this would be a great idea to start with.
However I would say, that it is arrogant to conclude that everyone will lose weight with this kind of eating behaviour.
There are just too many variables to account for. Perhaps you are genetically predisposed to retaining more weight or you might have a parasite or fungal infection that is preventing weight loss.
But the real truth is – I’m not you.
We Don’t Know Anything.
I mean, we don’t know anything for certain. Really, we only know for certain what works for us, at that time, under the conditions that it happened. The only real truth is our personal experience.
Instead, I think it is more logical to determine faith in ideas that either have a certain degree/percentage of success.
Let’s keep with the example of weight loss:
Eating less calories than you burn off is a great idea. You could estimate it working probably 80% of the time. I think any idea that works 80% of the time is a pretty top tier idea.
Ketogenic diets have been known to have weight loss effects, maybe it works 50/60% of the time. Still a good idea, not the most popular but still effective.
Weight loss pills are hit and miss, mostly miss. 20/30% of the time. Not a great idea. I mean it’s been known to work in some cases but let’s face it, there’s probably more effective solutions out there.
Needless to say, just because something works for you, doesn’t mean it’s gospel.
How to Navigate Life.
In conclusion, there is no such thing as a right or wrong belief or idea. There are just varying degrees of success in their respective fields.
You will find that the greatest way to navigate life is the totality of ideas you have been open to in combination with the collective experiences of the ideas you have engaged and had success with.
Be open to anything, but sceptical of everything.
Never a master, always a student of life.
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