Monday, 25 July 2016

Belief vs. Knowing


One should never believe when knowledge is available. If we profess a belief, we profess ignorance. Let us know what the true nature of reality is. This puts us on solid ground. We then have a foundation for a solid move forward in life. We don't need opinions. We need to know what is actually taking place in contrast with what actually isn't. The problem with religious apologetics is its use of well-crafted reasons to bring a convincing impression meant to cause the recipient to acknowledge it as a valid idea. This is the case regardless whether the argument matches the actual situation or not. Beliefs are what we do when we don't know how to live in the here and now. Belief takes a conscious act of believing in whatever that object of belief is. This is absent when focus is being paid elsewhere. If knowing that believing something doesn't automatically make the belief true, why would one be so committed to it? Beliefs can affect us even if they're untrue ones. We act in a manner that would mimic what we do if those beliefs were true. If we believe we're being chased by a killer, we'll run the same way we'd run being chase by an actual killer. Believing is self-deceiving. Can we realize relying on any belief for our reality model is unwise? Can we, instead, realize what reality is? If we think we understand it, we don't understand it. Understanding comes by way of rev- elation. Humans, whether theists or atheists, are unbelievers while they're focused on some specific task at work. Belief takes a conscious act of believing in whatever that object of belief is. This is absent when focus is being paid elsewhere. Both theist and atheist know there's something wrong if they see an elderly woman being abused. Both aren't thinking about their respective beliefs during this drama. Is there any difference between the two looking at their physicality (both human)? What was on their minds during the watching of this drama together?

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