posted on Aug, 6 2006 @ 09:16 PM
Interesting thread. The way I see it, you could break it down 3 ways.
1. Belief -- I accept something to be true for my existence based on my understanding of the facts.
(The sun will rise tomorrow because I can't imagine anything that would stop it).
2. Disbelief -- I reject something because the facts don't support its existence.
(Reincarnation is probably false because no evidence has been presented which proves otherwise).
3. Unbelief -- I could care less about something because it doesn't matter to my existence.
(The "greys" may or may not live on Zeta Reticuli, but I really could care less because I'll never meet them.)
According to this interpretation, unbelief is not the opposite of belief. Instead, it's sort of like a null value to a yes or no question. Do you
believe in Big Foot? Yes, no, or "I don't care"?
Also, keep in mind that for much of what we believe, we believe in it because we are taught to do so. Choosing to question a commonly held belief can
be difficult. Established doctrine is usually established for a reason. That's what sets our species apart from others: we learn from past and
current experience and pass those lessons down to the next generation. After all, the universe is a big place and it takes more than a few decades to
learn all it's secrets.
At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is whether or not your personal belief system brings you comfort. The only person that can
answer that question is you.
What do I believe? I believe I'll have another beer!