posted on Dec, 24 2004 @ 10:34 PM
Belief is an attachement to an idea.
Since we as living things are, at our core, emotional all beliefs have some emotional element.
Beliefs can be purely emotional as in faith, pragmatic as in experience, or logical as in deductive reasoning.
A purely emotional attachment to an idea implies an emotional/psychological need to belief something, which takes it from the realm of the
The question is can a person believe in nothing. Many people change their belief systems from time to time. Cynicism is the belief that all things are
essentially negative, Optimism is the belief that all things are essentially positive. The pragmatist would base their beliefs on past experience. I
think science comes from the pragmatic and extends to logical extrapolations. The detachist would say the future is totally unpredictable so belief is
a waste of time an energy.
I guess i would put myself somewhere between the pragmatist and the detachist.
I think science works well for some basic things, but is unable to address many things of extreme importance to me, either because they are too
complex or maybe they are fundamentally unpredictable.
Note: by detachist i mean life has no meaning, it is simply an unexplanable kinetic, sensual experience. You simply give yourself to the experience,
because that is all there is. I personally believe my biological system will persist if it does not encounter any fatal encounters, and actions have
social and personal ramifications, but in the depths of space and time self-reference is the only truly relevant operating framework.
In the end you don't have to explain anything to anyone except yourself, so relax, be gentle and enjoy.