Much of what seems real only exists because enough people believe it. Our culture is based on a number of core beliefs. I am a hard core skeptic and a seeker of the truth. I continue to avoid joining groups as it inevitably means accepting their beliefs, which is what they hold in common and make them a group. I choose knowing over believing and am not afraid to say “I don’t know”.
I suppose I could be called a non-believer as I reject many of the commonly held cultural and societal beliefs of today. I hope that I might encourage readers to question their own beliefs and seek the truth for themselves, rather than believing what they’re told. This is not always a comfortable way to live. It can be lonely and depressing. But it is far superior to believing things that simply aren’t true and basing our lives on them.
What do some of the greatest thinkers of the past have to say about the truth?
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Winston Churchill
Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. Albert Einstein
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi
The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. C. S. Lewis
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them. Galileo Galilei
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. H. L. Mencken
Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth. Arthur Conan Doyle
Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. Stephen King
Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance. W. Clement Stone
People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe. Andy Rooney
Below are a few of the beliefs that should be carefully examined with a skeptical and questioning mind as they affect the lives and actions of billions of people. All of us are a conglomeration of what we believe. Our beliefs can be determined by thoughtful analysis, accepted societal norms, what we were taught as innocent children, or directly through life experience. Future posts will challenge commonly held beliefs and hopefully encourage others to do their own critical thinking on these and other important belief components.
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