Belief

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Belief defines an idea or principle which we judge to be true. Trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something is first an innate decision that it is for your own definition of good. Because of that, belief is not set in stone, rather it always is personal, and often based on what others have influenced you about.

Everyone has beliefs that something is the case, and it is difficult to substantiate fact or truth, even within scientific endeavor. We now know that our intellectual value judgments —that is, the degree to which we believe or disbelieve an idea — are powerfully influenced by our brains’ proclivity for attachment. Our brains are attachment machines, attaching not just to people and places, but to ideas. This leads us to cherry pick the evidence that supports a contention we already believe and ignore evidence that argues against it. We also expend a lot of energy trying to disprove ideas that contradict our current beliefs, rather than being open to new possibilities.

“Believe nothing unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense”
Buddha

We like to think that we are rational, that what we believe is true. But often we come to our beliefs, unknowingly, as a product of our already established ‘belief systems’.

Once we have incorporated a belief, it may be different to what we openly state to be our belief, because of the fear of societal criticism. Yayenia Thompson wrote “I’m a good writer, a good editor, a good musician, a good wife, and I was a good translator. At least, I believe these things. Others may think I’m crap at everything and just so egotistical that I can’t see my own failings. ”

“Those convinced against their will
Are of the same opinion still”
Anonymous 

Everyone has beliefs that something is the case, and it is difficult to substantiate fact or truth, even within scientific endeavor.

“It is still a metaphysical faith on which our faith in science rests—that even we ‘knowers’ of today, we godless anti-metaphysicians still take our fire too, from the flame lit by the thousand-year old faith, the faith which was also Plato’s faith, that Truth exists; that Truth is ‘Divine'”

(Frederick Nietzche)

See also: faith

Synonyms:
faith
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