reply to post by redneck13
Your beliefs need to be challenged, otherwise they are baseless. Self-delusion is not enlightenment, if you do not challenge your beliefs you will not
grow and thus you will never attain "enlightenment." This is why it is crucial to read differing opinions and educate yourself. You don't have to
agree with what others say, let alone believe it, but you should absorb what they offer as a means of expanding your own wisdom and knowledge.
I can also guarantee that you have taken much influence from second hand sources rather than first hand sources. I'll try to briefly explain how we
learn and how it impacts us:
There are two ways, first hand learning and second hand learning. First hand learning is through personal experience; you touch a hot stove and
quickly learn, or rather, come into knowing, that contact with said stove will result in burning and pain. Second hand learning is derived from the
knowledge passed down to us from those who have, perhaps, experienced certain things first hand. For example, you probably at some point were told
that jumping off of a cliff will result in injury, if not death.
You don't need to experience said injury first hand to accept it, do you?
In this way we learn from the great.
The scope of second hand learning is, however, much wider and can be much more subtle. We learn acceptable social behavior and mannerisms through
socialization, something which is absolutely unavoidable lest one lives in complete isolation for his or her entire life from birth through death. We
learn language through socialization, which enables us to communicate in said manner now, and so on. It doesn't take much digging to find out that
our beliefs are seldom our own, and for good reason.
What if you refused to believe that jumping off of cliffs could injure and kill you?
What if you refused to believe that eating poop could make you sick? After all, flies eat it, why can't we?
What if you refused to believe that the Earth was round because you couldn't personally zoom out far enough to witness it?
Would you be enlightened
Challenge what you believe because it will weed out the flaws in your belief system and help fortify it; this is the only path to authentic
enlightenment and a rooted identity.