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You are NOT your beliefs

You are NOT your beliefs

I used to believe in cooties, Santa Clause, and a god in the sky who looked down and took notes on everything I did. Then I grew up and understood the importance of all those stories, and how they help shape us into people that work well in the society and cultures we have. More importantly, I learned not to place my self-worth and identity into my beliefs, because after all, beliefs are just very strongly held opinions. Beliefs can and should be scrutinized. Our biases, beliefs and opinions need to be challenged and updated regularly. Doesn't matter if we're talking spiritual, political, or our favourite flavour of ice cream (P.S Mint chocolate chip is gross don't @ me). When people challenge our beliefs, we feel as if they're attacking us, and that's a sign that we've gotten too attached. We should be able to hear out someone who thinks and believes differently from us, without feeling like they're criticizing us as people. I am not my beliefs, because I hope my beliefs are a continuous work of art, changing with the times. I love it when my biases are challenged and my bubbles are burst, it means I'm still learning something new; that in itself gets harder and harder the older we get. Most often, and especially online, when our beliefs are challenged, we close our ears and double down, and escape to our echo chambers where everyone thinks like us. That's because affirmation is more addictive than sugar. Why learn something new, when there's someone telling us exactly what we want to hear, and another profiting off the disagreements. Sharing our ill-informed opinions and having them validated is also a great way of being noticed and feeling some significance, but in the long run, we're setting ourselves up to drown in ignorance and closed-mindedness. I'd rather say I DON'T KNOW, and learn something new than to act like I got it all figured out because I read a clickbait headline or holy book. You are not your beliefs, you are much more vast and great. Keep an open heart, with an open mind, and enjoy the lifelong journey of learning  #BLESS

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  • I have a struggle with a very narrowed veiw. Its very hard to describe. I wish i had no prejudice in me but i was raised that way. As someone in the western world as a part of the Christian faith i was led to believe that jesus was the only way to enlightenment and also was the only god and way to heaven. Im atheist now but well its still a struggle. I don’t believe in heaven and i don’t believe in god nor do i believe in jesus. I don’t believe in organized religion at all. But yeah. I’ve read some things online about judaism to better understand and release the falseness of Christianity but im going in circles. Someone said that im straining to much to be right. I really need to practice boundaries but at the same time this world expects you to conform to something. Its hard. And frankly im just tired. So yeah, im done.


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