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WHAT IS BELIEF?


What is belief? Generally belief comes about as a result of evidence confirming something.  For example, when I drop something and it falls on the floor, that would help me to believe in gravity.  However, I read recently that that may not be the case, but that it is the floor coming up to meet the dropped object.  I have to say that will take a little more explaining for me to fully understand this concept so for the time being I’m happy to believe, and maybe go as far as to ‘know’ that it was gravity that caused this object to meet the floor. 

For as long as I can remember, we have been told what is good for us and what is bad.  Who can remember being told that fat is bad for us, particularly animal fat, and that we would be far healthier and slimmer if we ate ‘low fat spreads’ and low fat milk, and now, several decades later with far more adults being overweight and obese, we are now being persuaded that, after all, animal fat is good for us, providing us with a variety of nutrients in a natural form, particularly if the animal has been fed organically.  Now I, for one, am more likely to believe the latter than the former, but perhaps I’m just falling for the new ‘hype’.  It’s so difficult to know when we are constantly bombarded with conflicting information.  However, I am more inclined to believe that any nutritional element from a natural source is far better than something that has been produced in a laboratory, and particularly if it has been produced organically.

​So, back to my first question.  What is belief?  It seems to me we can persuade ourselves, or hypnotise ourselves, to believe anything we want to believe.  However, it’s much better to believe in something we actually know.  Like, for example, if I eat well it will be better for my health, or, if I’m nice to people, they are much more likely to be nice to me, or, if I look after my car, get it serviced regularly and drive carefully, it will last longer – I’m sure you get the picture.  It’s not always easy to do the right thing like eat properly or be nice to people even if you’re feeling a little out of sorts, or driving carefully even if you’re in a hurry or having your car serviced even if it seems a lot of money at the time – but in the end it pays off.  Life is much better – being healthy and having friends and not having to buy another car because yours has deteriorated so much – all those things make life better.