Originally posted by mytym
Why do so many of us (myself included) feel it necessary to persuade others that their beliefs are based on lies?
Because when people act on lies, they endager themselves and others. Truth is simply objective reality - that which corresponds to reality as it
really is, not as you want to pretend it is.
It is my feeling, that everyone has their own truth, and that truth may not be the same as someone else's.
Your feeling is false because there does not need to be proof for something to be true. I agree that there is no absolute proof, but some things are
still true, others are not. God either exists or he doesn't. Earth is either flat or round. You either have 2 hands or you don't. Anyone is free to
believe what they want, but just because you believe something, does not make it objectively true. We may never be certain of anything, but that does
not mean we should just accept everything as equally probable, especially if there is evidence to suggest that one thing is more likely to be closer
to the truth than another. Ignoring this evidence means you're not interested in the truth at all, you just want to pretend reality is what you say
it is, even if your conception of it is entirely incorrect.
I have nothing "against" anyone believing anything, the problem is, beliefs is what keeps humanity in a constant state of war, death, and under
constant control. This does bug me, because I'm part of humanity, and so are others who do not hold any convictions, nor do they wish to be bound by
the same fate as the rest of humanity that does choose to believe. So what to do? Well one option is to inform others about why their beliefs are
causing the human condition to be what it is, and there is a chance that some of those others will realise this and stop believing. But it is not any
specific beliefs, it is ALL beliefs that are equally responsible - it is the very concept of believing/assuming that is at the root of the predicament
humanity finds itself in.
Continue on with your beliefs (or lack thereof, whatever the case may be) and be true to yourself.
Believing anything at all is NOT being true to yourself, it is in fact lying to yourself. A belief is a conviction that something is true when you
truly do not know - in other words, you're lying to yourself, since you're telling yourself that something is true simply because you want to
pretend that it is.
For example, lying to someone ELSE is telling him that something is true when you either know that it is false, or simply don't know any better. So
apply this to yourself, and when you tell yourself that something is true that you know is actually false, or simply do NOT know either way, then
you're lying to yourself, aka, not being true to yourself.
[edit on 4-3-2006 by lilblam]