Belief vs. Truth

Papa - Belleville, Michigan
Entered on March 9, 2009
Age Group: 65+
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Belief vs. Truth

Humans over the centuries have often thought about belief and truth as if it was almost the same concept. Yet, over the centuries almost everything is really only belief, not truth. Sometimes, a new belief may be followed over many years or centuries but then, the belief will be tried and changed or even discarded. Sometimes, some followers will still try to think about things even though they are no longer valid thoughts for most humans. For instance, at first, we thought the world was flat instead of round. We thought that our earth was at the center instead of our sun. We did not know about gravity from earth and the universe. And more, and more, and more!

Philosophers like Socrates (469 – 399 BC), Plato (428 – 347 BC), and Spinoza (1632 – 1677) have tried to get close to truth sometimes. But, it really seems to be belief which then can be tried, changed, or even discarded. Other great leaders through the centuries have tried to find truth too but we have found only belief instead. Look at the various religions, governments, and settlements that think they know truth but only have belief. So, small problems become bigger problems until there are no discussions left and then war! And then we go back to the start of the cycle!

For me, I find that there are many beliefs with humans. Sometimes, they seem to be valid within my own mind. Sometimes, they do not seem valid within my own mind. Sometimes, we can discuss things between others as long as we agree about belief instead of truth, which cannot be reached during our lifetime. Then, the discussions may find the beliefs modified in order to change the thoughts between others and myself! This is the start of a smaller world where war is never thought about. Nature, humanity and the environment will become the only way.

Then, there will be many more people who understand that there are many doors through belief that are possible when you get closer to truth.