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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Go Ahead, Believe in What You Can't See (H1)

I decided to start this weekly short essay question with a quick internet search. That search led me to the idea that plenty of people believe in things that they cannot necessarily prove or see. One website had a list of ten, many of which I found interesting. Those ten were: Aliens, Astrology, Cryptids, Ghosts, Psychic Mediums, Karma, Intuition, Fate, Religious Texts, and God. I find myself believing in quite a few of these things. For example, what this website calls intuition, is your gut feeling. You ever catch yourself in a situation where you need to make a decision, but you are at a loss as to which choice to make? A lot of people believe that when you have a gut feeling in one direction, that's some higher universal power telling you that your decision is correct. We've all used it, whether in that situation or when to decide if you should trust someone or not. There's no verifiable proof to it, there's just a deep-rooted feeling.

Is there anything wrong with this idea of believing in what you cannot see? No, there's not. We are human beings. We are infinitely beautiful and complex creatures. Some beliefs may seem silly or odd, but they make us who we are.  If every person only believed in concrete ideas, that would crush creativity and ideas and actions. Beliefs lead to action. Without them, we aren't who we were created to be. So go ahead and believe in what you can't see, you'll be better because of it. 

5 comments:

  1. I agree. Last year, I read This I Believe and many of the essayists shared beliefs of things they could only put words to rather than images. While I didn't agree with all of their beliefs, many of them were inspiring and made me realize that not everything is concrete.

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  2. (H3) That's the thing about belief, you always have to take it by faith, by that gut feeling that this is right no matter what others may think.

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  3. Personally, I can't believe in something that doesn't have any sort of proof. When it comes to intuition, I think it's just a feeling and we determine if we like that feeling or not and we follow it. I never thought of it as a universal power telling me what is right. Just a feeling.

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  4. (H3) Like you said, our beliefs shape who we are and how we choose to live our lives. It's hard to stand up and say I believe in something most consider ridiculous, but that is how great discoveries are made. The example used a lot is the guy who said the world wasn't flat. He didn't have the technology to take a picture from space and prove he was right. However, today, it is universally accepted that the world is round, and absurd to think otherwise. Believe in the impossible because that's how you make things possible.

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  5. I agree that we are all entitled to our own beliefs no matter how outlandish or weird. I mean, if we can accept the fact that around 1700 people on the planet believe that Obama is a species of lizard people that came from outer space to turn us all, we can accept anything. We might make jokes but I don't see anyone yelling at the lady who believes in the flying spaghetti monster, so we shouldn't criticize each other for much more 'realistic' ideas.

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