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Functional Fantasies and Other Useful Beliefs

Functional Fantasies and Other Useful Beliefs

Everyone has beliefs; and they’re just that—beliefs. Laws are not beliefs. Beliefs are not laws.

Beliefs are not truths; they are not facts. Beliefs are simple assumptions or conclusions that we find evidence to support or dispute. It’s not the “truth” in a belief that is important—it’s the functionality and usefulness of the beliefs that count.

We all have beliefs about the world, about other people, and about ourselves. Some people share the same beliefs; others would die to try to change our minds.

Is it the depth of commitment, level of fanaticism, or emotional sincerity that “proves” a belief to be true? No.

Is the willingness to shout, the ability to find plausible positions, the number of famous people we can find who agree with us, or the amount of popular opinion polls we can point to that prove a belief to be true? No. Beliefs aren’t truth. Read the full blog…