Whom do you trust? What do you believe? Why do you believe anything at all?
Religion, politics, and sex. Those three things often avoided in conversation, rarely do I get to the bottom of why anyone has the opinion of them they have. Perhaps it’s because I want rational answers, and all I get instead are emotional outbursts.
I understand personal experiences will shape opinions, but what I hear generally is that people have a gut feeling about their beliefs. You’re Christian because it feels right. Well perhaps you are that way because you were raised in an environment that made it appear to be normal. It would be the same for any belief.
It’s normal to be Republican or a Democrat when you are raised in a family like that. Heck, even if you weren’t, you see others who are, making it appear a valid option to be different from your family. But again, that is all based on feeling. It’s not rational. The only rational thing to do would be to sit down and work your beliefs back to a point that doesn’t contradict.
I’ve done this with my own opinions. I hope I’ve done it well, but one never knows. I started out saying to myself, it’s bad to do such and such, and I asked why. It all lead back to a point. The point being respecting another’s autonomy.
I won’t steal from another, because they don’t wish me to take from them. I won’t kill another because of the same reason. I won’t LIE because it hinders the other person’s view of the world. It is a form of abuse to lie. If you lie to yourself you are hurting yourself, but you are free to do so, though I think that would be less than intelligent.
What I really am saying is that I would hope you take time out of your day, and think about why you are religious, or not religious. Why you have a political affiliation, or why you don’t. It helps if you can find someone to talk to about it, but don’t let them sway you one way or another. Just use them as a sounding board. Find someone you think has different opinions than you do. Argue your side, and let them do the same, then switch sides. Debating can lead to some interesting insights.
The only one you are guaranteed to be with all your life is you. So know yourself. Know that, and things become much easier.
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“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum….”
― Noam Chomsky
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