Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I will be the first to acknowledge that my beliefs are totally inconsistent. I subscribe to a multitude of views, because I haven’t found one set of beliefs that are sufficient. I will admit that it’s frustrating for me – I am the type of person that likes structure and definite answers. However, I, like Whitman, feel that I “contain multitudes.” I think it’s okay that some of my beliefs contradict one another. We have this view that you can’t question your own beliefs without shattering their virtue. I feel that blindly accepting a doctrine results in surface level theories and unsatisfactory answers.
It’s important to recognize that none of us have a final answer. Some like to claim that their beliefs are concrete and absolutely correct, but I think everyone questions their views to an extent. Even the devoutly religious have to forego their doubts and replace them with faith. We have to be okay with not knowing absolute truth and not having definite answers. We have to allow our minds to question the widely accepted. We have to do these things to progress and grow as individuals and as a race. Exploring new possibilities and ways to understand our existence is essential in creating a life of substance and meaning.