posted on Sep, 10 2010 @ 03:53 AM
Recently I have been thinking about the choice associated with belief, and I have come to the conclusion that in truth we have no control over what we
believe, nor can we know anything with absolute certainty. Belief, is nothing more than faith, and it is in this regard that faith plays a
large role in all of our lives; faith that you are actually sitting in that chair, that you are really reading this, or that you even exist.
Obviously, you perceive all of those things as being true, but ... can you prove them beyond the fact that your mind is simply interpreting the
information as such?
Our personal perceptions and beliefs are dependent on rationality, logic, and reason ... which are defined by the individual's experiences, level of
intelligence, and the information available to them. Therefore, obviously people are going to interpret things differently and come to different
conclusions depending on such factors and the subject at hand, but the point is simple ... can you truly choose to believe anything? What makes
sense to the individual ... simply makes sense to the individual or it doesn't, and really there is no choice involved. You either truly
believe something or you don't.
Now of course beliefs can change, but not because one chooses to change them, but rather because something within the three factors that determine
such beliefs change; the individual's experiences, level of intelligence, and the information available to them.
Belief cannot be changed directly.
What do you think?