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I have my own beliefs, I don't want to go by what a book says, I want to find/discover my own answers. The world would almost be a better place if people weren't at war with their own beliefs. All these different theories and concepts! It's so confusing, yet intruging. Is there anything more? Or maybe it's just our own minds trying to hence that deep down, we have our own beliefs. So, tell me honeslty.....? What do you think?
Both, for everyone I'd assume. My mom and dad weren't particularly religious and neither am I, but there are numerous "beliefs" (if you want to call them that) that my parents taught me (sometimes by me just observing how they behaved) that I am still realizing. So if this is a general question then it has to be both. If you are simply talking about religion, I have essentially taken my parents and grandparents beliefs and shaped them around the life I've lived which has led me to different conclusions than their experiences let them to. So kind of both again lol
I don't necessarily create my own beliefs, I just arrive at my beliefs based on evidence, what I've experienced, and what I personally would prefer. There's no evidence that deities exist, and I've experienced that proof when bad stuff happens in the world. I also would prefer to eat meat and cows and not waste time praying and all that, so I decided to forsake all beliefs in a higher being and religion.
Similar to what was said by others above, I guess my beliefs and ethics are a synthesis of my own life experience, and influences from other people or cultures that made an impression on me at some point or another. In some cases, there might be patterns I believe I've noticed, or thinking I've done about various issues that lead me to develop certain convictions on a conscious level. For example, I don't believe in the supernatural aspects of any religion, but I firmly believe it's worthwhile to learn things from all cultures, including their religions.
when i was a kid i would blindly follow my own religion but when i grew i came to realize what is right and what is wrong so based on that i just follow the truth.
Screw what my folks think, 420 all day erry day! Yep. And NO. People like individualism. People like to be independent. But whether we like it or not, agree or not, the people we look up to which usually include our parents will affect who we turn out to be. I once called my dad hitler when I was younger...16? Because of his strict ways and the way he thinks. I think that really got to him and he changed somewhat over the years. Was I wrong? Maybe. Maybe not. However, the more I thought about it the more things made sense. His life shaped him and in turn he tried to teach me but I was too liberal as a kid. He seems so right right now when I think back yet I cannot share all of his views even though they seem so correct. So yeah, I can say some of my beliefs came from my parents and some from myself. But we need to see both sides.
We need to understand just how eady our beliefs can change day to day. For example, If you see a girl on facebook and she posts a bunch of skanky pictures of herself all the time, what will you think? Whore? Hoe? "I'd tap"? Or will you say oh it is her life, it is America, or maybe women's rights and feminism #freetheboobs!? Of course if you start by calling her a slut in front of your friends it'd be okay. But in front of a unique crowd of girls would you say the same beliefs when asked? You just might get slapped and a knee to your sack of gold. It isn't exactly lying but you may adopt the group's mentality so would you really say yeah, she is slutty (of course a group of girls can also think other girls as hoes, girls do it all the time but can somehow still be feminists...)? Most people's core beliefs are constant but everyone wants to fit in so depending on who is with who, "beliefs" can change. As for me, I would love to lie and say I believe what I believe but let me be honest here, depending on if it is a group of coworkers, or a group of college kids down in La Jolla in UCSD that I am chilling with my beliefs can be influenced...when I am faded....when we talk shit about a rival company...when making fun of a certain ethnicity with my dad and uncles...etc. As such, this seem to make me weak for being able to be altered so to speak but it is normal to kind of go with the flow, not to just "fit in" so simply, but that is just how most pepple work. In short, I have my core beliefs that will likely never be shaken but there are other lesser things that we can be more versatile in yet these smaller things add up to a big sum of our being. Very few can stick to everything they stand for forever. I'd like to say my beliefs are only my own but then I'd be a liar on too many levels. This is what I believe.
Last edited by TitaniumOxide; January 21, 2015 at 03:56 AM.
A lot of people follow whatever religion they were born with because of brainwashing and not being offered information to choose whatever they want. Even now as an atheist, my mom keeps telling me to believe in god and all that crap, while my uncle spent our reunion telling me to believe in god. People like them are why I abhor talking about religion with close minded religious people who have not been taught any different growing up.
I'm sure if more people were given the freedom to choose at a young age, there'd be less religious people with their own beliefs and more faith in science. It's why I prefer to create my own beliefs - beliefs based on evidence (which science coincidentally has a lot of). I don't see people as independent, they want to be dependent on something, which is why many believe a book and treat it as real (even though the Bible (dunno about Qu'ran and other books) was meant to be taken as teachings, not literal.