Truth and the Origin of Belief

Truth and the Origin of Belief

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The origin of our beliefs and the subsequent truths are basic to every society. So let us try to identify these fundamental truths that have not been distorted by man. Fundamental truths are “given” and owned by the individual. All of us possess them whether or not we exercise them or are allowed to exercise them. These have been described by our founding fathers and have often been called Inalienable Human Rights. The list increases as we become more diverse. These rights have been incorporated in a Democratic society as beliefs that are thought to be true and are the foundation of our jurisprudence system.

The right to life.
The right to freedom of thought and speech.
The right to liberty.
The right to be free of suppression and abuse.
The right to independence and free choice.
The right to join together to allow the freedom and expression of these rights.
The right to confidentiality.
The right to know and express ones feelings. (The only link to all humanity is mans feelings. All of our feelings are universal in existence and cause. They are part of the human condition and as such there is no right or wrong in the awareness of our feelings. Right and wrong can only be judged in the manner in which our feelings are expressed.)

Other societies and religions do not accept these fundamental rights as a basis of their belief system. The rejection of them allows greater control of their population and to us seems a violation of what we consider to be sacred.

The second issue “where do our beliefs originate?” and how have we distorted them has yet to be discussed.

I feel that I am gradually backing into notions of the Devine as the original source of truth and our beliefs. I also feel that there is within us a notion of truth – that is what is good for us and what is not good for us. One could say that an internal sense of truth and good comes to us via various forms of spirituality taught by parents and religions which would then make all knowledge of truth come from a Divine source. If this was true and I think that it is, then the origin of belief has been passed down thru great leaders to different cultures. However, man in his weaknesses has often distorted fundamental truths out of ignorance and to meet his own needs of power, aggrandizement and leadership.

You cannot say in one culture “thou shall not kill” while in another “you must kill to preserve our system“. One of these beliefs has to be true while the other has to be a distortion of the Divine teaching. You cannot say that if you don’t believe all of my tenants you will end in eternal damnation. Nor if you have to kill to further the system you will go to heaven and be with seven women. Both are distortions of truth. Both are mans distortion to increase and continue power and strength and to bring about certain behaviors of mankind.

Initially we think that it is true that all of our beliefs come from my family, my religious teachings, my teachers, my culture and society. The problem with this is that it truly doesn’t answer the question of origin but only the question of learning. So where do our beliefs originate? Which ones were original and which ones have been twisted for whatever reason?

Perhaps my favorite example is a mis-teaching of the belief that has been taught to most all of us. “Don’t hurt others feelings”. At some point in our life most of us just accepted this as a mis-learning and tried to lead our life accordingly. In adolescence we wouldn’t end a relationship that wasn’t good for us because of this belief that it would hurt the other persons feeling. Now we know that to live this teaching is impossible because rejection or criticism will cause hurt feelings and we all have been criticized and rejected in one way or another. Where did this belief that has affected so many people come from?? Was it a distortion of the Golden Rule?? Was it a distortion of “don’t purposefully hurt others feelings”, also an impossibility. The point is that we have many profound beliefs that came from somewhere and were changed for someone’s advantage.

We can turn to ancient writings from all religions to discover the source of beliefs and truths that have been passed down and taught. While there may be some distortions from translation, the fundamentals are there.

A second source that often speaks to specific issues and beliefs is that which is passed down by channeling. That is , information given to an individual by a higher source. I have selected one of these which speaks specifically to the concept of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is not a matter for God but depends on whether you will forgive yourself. For unless you can forgive yourself with humility, with kindness, with gentleness, and with understanding for your own limitations, unless you can look into your heart and truly forgive yourself, then no matter who else says to you “I absolve you of your sins” you will not be at peace. For true peace comes from within.

The beliefs which can be gleaned from this example are:
1. Humility, kindness, gentleness and love are concepts necessary for forgiveness.
2. Understanding your own limitations is necessary for forgiveness
3. Inner search for the truth starts the process of forgiveness.
4. Your inner peace will be the reward for accepting and releasing your error.

A third source of truth which leads to a belief can be found in many writings of philosophers, poets, and religious. An example comes from St Exsupery’s book “The Little Prince”. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye”

The belief from this teaching is that turning inward and listening to yourself will give you an accurate perception of right and wrong.

Basic truths which lead to our beliefs usually are simple, direct and uncomplicated. They also have a feeling of authenticity and are difficult to challenge. Once accepted they may be quite difficult to implement because of the “garbage of contorted early mis-teachings and mis-learnings”.