What Do You Believe?


I wasn’t expecting to do this post so soon, because I want as many answers as I can get. But I think, with 500 followers, now is the perfect time for this discussion. I want to ask you all what you believe. Not every belief you hold, obviously, but the ones that you hold closest to your heart…or brain.

Here are my beliefs:
I believe that there are no gods, or anything else supernatural.
I believe that feminism is the best way to achieve gender equality.
I believe that socialism is the best form of government so far, but I think that all forms are flawed and need improvement.
I believe that the education system needs to be reformed.
I believe that all people have the right to believe what we want, but nobody has the right to force their beliefs on another.
I believe that religion should be discussed openly and publicly, but no public figure should favor their own religion over others.
I believe that everybody deserves equal rights, and everybody should be treated with respect, regardless of gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, etc.
I believe in fighting for equality, and I believe that it is every bodies stand up against injustice when they see it happening.
I believe the criminal justice system needs to be reformed.
I believe that morality is subjective, and freewill non-existent, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t develop moral and legal codes both personally and societally.

I have a number of other beliefs that I could list off, but I think that this is more than enough to get us started. So, what do you believe?

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25 responses to “What Do You Believe?

  • Wisdom's Quill

    I believe in a Supreme God whose predominant disposition is love.

    I believe that faith begins upon the exhaustion of physical proof and evidence, and has been grossly miscontrued.

    I believe “religion” cannot prove the existence of God no more than marriage can prove the existence of love between two people. It is only an institution that houses and perpetuates both good and evil in the name of diety. By the way…I HATE RELIGION!!!

    I believe science is absolutely necessary, and has proven to be a viable defense against the religious superfluity of those who are no longer compos mentis.

    I believe that the construct of free will is debatable.

    With the exception of the obvious, I seamlessly agree with all of your beliefs.

    Intriguing blog. Thanks.

    BE

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  • Glen Goddard

    Anchorkeidi: Thank you. Arguments produce sides whereas dialogue can produce understanding.

    Thank you for the insights; I am familiar with Q2.256. In light of that scripture, I am really quite mystified as to the unrelenting blood-bath that is taking place in the middle-east in particular and around the world.

    A considerably large contingent of ‘believers’ in Islam, regardless of the sect, seem to feel that the Qur’an is wrong when it says that “There is no compulsion in religion.” This also seems to apply if an adherent to the Muslim way happens to be of the wrong sect. Conversion or be killed seems to be the rule. That observation is based on what I see and hear from different media sources from about the world.

    Here in the US Muslims are observed celebrating as martyrs the men who flew the planes into buildings, killing over 3000 innocent people all because the men believed that they were doing Allah’s will by killing infidels.

    Thank you for responding to my comment.

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  • Luke Lavelle

    I believe that there is one God, who created all things, and died to save us
    I believe that The Bible is the infallible Word of that God
    I do NOT believe that The Bible is a tool that can used to support judgement on those who believe differently than we do.
    I believe that the Bible spells out a message of love and grace throughout.

    I believe politics cause more problems than answers
    I believe “religion” causes more problems than answers

    I also take a pretty passionate issue with how our food industry is run. But I feel like that’s unrelated to the rest of my post… anyway. There you go

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  • Chris Highland

    I “believe” it is time to move beyond believing, do more thinking and reasoning, questioning and pragmatic collaboration. Leave belief for believers, since it usually means trusting in someone or something “out there” in the imagined beyond. Just an opinion.

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  • existentialone

    My comments regarding your stated beliefs:

    1. I believe that there are no gods, or anything else supernatural.

    I agree; unequivocally.

    2. I believe that feminism is the best way to achieve gender equality.

    I not only agree, but also think that sexism/misogyny is the most fundamental of all social injustices. When we finally have gender equality, I believe we will have full human equality.

    3. I believe that socialism is the best form of government so far, but I think that all forms are flawed and need improvement.

    I agree unequivocally; precisely as stated.

    4. I believe that the education system needs to be reformed.

    Agree. I also believe that Education is among the most honorable of all profession; and simply MUST be separated from Corporate influence.

    5. I believe that all people have the right to believe what we want, but nobody has the right to force their beliefs on another.

    Agree unequivocally.

    6. I believe that religion should be discussed openly and publicly, but no public figure should favor their own religion over others.

    Agree unequivocally.

    7. I believe that everybody deserves equal rights, and everybody should be treated with respect, regardless of gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, etc.

    Agree unequivocally (also see my comments on #2 above)

    8. I believe in fighting for equality, and I believe that it is every bodies stand up against injustice when they see it happening.

    Agree unequivocally (also see my comments on #2 above)

    9. I believe the criminal justice system needs to be reformed.

    Agree unequivocally; AND I believe that the criminal justice system; including and especially the prison system; simply must be kept separate from Corporate influence.

    10. I believe that morality is subjective, and freewill non-existent, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t develop moral and legal codes both personally and societally.

    I definitely believe that morality is subjective, and a matter of experience and effect. Each is free to develop her/his own personal moral code, and hopefully in time each person’s moral code will respect the personal moral codes of everyone else.

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  • anchorkeidi

    I believe that there is a God, and He has no children; and the Prophet Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah (God).
    I believe in equity but not gender equality. We have different roles but justice and righteousness are genderless.
    I believe that the education system needs to be reformed and education should commence from the home.
    I believe that all people have the right to believe what we want, but nobody has the right to force their beliefs on others.
    I believe that religion should be discussed openly and publicly, but no public political figure should favour their own religion over others.
    I believe that everybody deserves equal rights, and everybody should be treated with respect, regardless of gender, sex, sexuality, ethnicity, language, religion, etc.
    I believe in equity and justice, sometimes, we fight for it, sometimes, we use tact.
    I believe the criminal justice system needs to be reformed.
    I believe that morality is subject to the individual, and freewill non-existent, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t develop moral and legal codes both personally and societally.
    i believe in an Afterlife and in destiny.

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    • Glen Goddard

      In response to anchorkeidt:

      To a large extent most Christians do not know their Bible and I would say the same about Muslim and the Qur’an. Islam, like Christianity, is not just another religion but a specific way of relating to people. People to take the path of least resistance preferring not to look too closely at either religion and therefore end up making erroneous assumptions.

      For example, consider this quote from the Qur’an: “… those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land [read what is happening to the Christians in Iraq] is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides …” [Qur’an 5:33]

      This is only one out of many, but it is passages like this that make me wonder if you really read, studied and mediated on the Qur’an. Your points 4 -6 do not appear to align with what you say your believe as a Muslim.

      Let me be really clear here … this is not just about you as a Muslim. Both Christians and Muslims get into some really serious assumptions simply because they do not take the time to go back to their primary source document for guidance and know what they believe, and not what they have been told!

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      • anchorkeidi

        Glen Goddard, I do agree with you that we do not read our books enough. I also have a problem with how we pretend to understand other religions when we truly do not.
        About the verse you quoted, I would have loved to clarify but there is an excellent analysis at this site http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/quran_533_commentary/
        When reviewing the Qur’an, it is important we look at the circumstances surrounding the revelation of a verse as well as reading it in context.
        I do mean it both points 4 and 6 because the Qur’an says: There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejects false deities and believes in Allah has grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower. Q2.256.
        Finally, I must commend your manners in argument. This is becoming increasingly deficient on the blogosphere.

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  • NovaSaber

    I believe that all human beings have the same rights and that it is the responsibility of government to properly recognize and protect those rights. (If something is a right, you HAVE it even if someone is preventing you from exercising it.)
    I believe that the world can be understood by observation and rational thought and that there is no need to assume the existence of anything that lacks evidence.
    I do believe that morality is absolute in the sense that it’s based on a combination of principles and facts, not on anyone’s authority.

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  • xxfast

    I believe god is just merely a creation of human imagination, as a way of confronting ignorance, a by-product of human gullibility.

    Feminism is a useless word in the future, because there won’t be any gender indifference in treatment.

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  • tulloch1985

    Great post!, I will attempt to approach my answer in one sentence. “I believe in the persuit of truth, through rational discourse and critical thinking.” I currently believe in many of the beliefs mentioned by yourself and others who have commented, whilst also not believing in others, but always ready to change my beliefs in the face of new evidence and plausible arguments. “My opinion is my mine until I change it” Tim Minchin 🙂

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  • rationalhumanist87

    Nice post. If I may:

    I also believe that there are no gods or anything supernatural at all. I believe our laws of nature are constant and there is no evidence to suggest that they are alterable in any way.
    I also believe that feminism and empowerment of women is not only the best way for gender equality but for raising global standards of human health and wellbeing.
    I believe the minimum standards of government required to guarantee human rights and equality for all would be that of a democracy.
    I believe the church and state should be separate in every nation in order for it to truly prosper and make rational and reasonable decision with their fellow humans in mind.
    I believe education is the key to progress and as such, should be completely secular and void of all religious or supernatural influence. I think faith schools are actively harming children and making it more difficult for them to be educated in a balanced way, giving them the tools needed to decide for themselves how they choose to view the world.
    I believe absolutely in Article 9 of the European Convention of human rights – the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This element of human rights should be guaranteed to everyone, yet, if, in practicing freedom of religion, does it manifest itself in ways that harm anyone else’s human rights and rights of equality, those religious rights should be restricted.
    I believe there is one life and we can live it however we choose to do so.
    I too believe that morality is subjective, yet, should always be considered with the wellbeing of others. Morality and wellbeing are symbiotically linked with one another. I believe that no right or wrong deed can exist which doesn’t impact anyone else. If you do something in private that has no impact on any other living creature, although it may not be wise or even advised, it cannot be considered moral or immoral, truly right or truly wrong.
    I believe that religion is harmful and the onus and responsibilities are on us, human beings, to make decisions for ourselves and seek solidarity between each other for our love of our fellow creatures, as opposed to divine command.

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  • Michael Coen

    Thank for your post – this is a great topic!

    I believe that we are shaped by our environment. In other words, I subscribe to a deterministic world-view. As such, the notion of “free will” makes no sense to me. Free will, I believe, represents our capacity to react differently to a given event or object, but because the reaction or decision is warranted by outside agencies, it would be insincere to call it “free.”

    I believe my senses.

    I believe that no one person should be valued above any other.

    I believe people can change.

    I believe that marketing to children is unethical and immoral.

    I believe war is immoral and, more often than not, unnecessary.

    I believe that emotions are valid and justifiable, but never an excuse for bad behavior.

    I am inclined to believe that the universe came about through natural means and not at the behest of a supernatural being.

    I believe that religion is more detrimental to society than it is beneficial.

    Statistically speaking, I am inclined to believe that life is not unique to Earth.

    I believe that everything and everyone are subject to scrutiny.

    I believe that teaching religious dogma in any school is tantamount to psychological abuse.

    I believe that critical thinking should be a top priority in the public school system.

    I believe that, in light of your 500th follower, congratulations are in order.

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  • TheAspiringAuthor

    Hi! Thank you so much for following my blog! I hope you like the content! Yours is incredibly interesting, I have to say I have read a few posts and enjoyed them! Have a great day!

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  • Glen Goddard

    I would agree with most of your statements as being true, except for the first two and the last one. Reformation is needed for sure. It is your last statement on that I have questions. How did you arrived at this conclusion? For example:

    You say “I believe that morality is subjective …’ I wonder, if morality is subjective, and my morality is in conflict with your morality and my morality says that because of your morality you should die, then whose morality is right? Who gets to resolve the conflict?

    You say “and freewill non-existent …” I wonder then, who is making you write this blog? Who is the real author? Who or what is forcing you to come to the conclusions that you are making about life? And what is meant by “Freethinking” Club that you started? Freedom of thought takes free will.

    You say “… but that doesn’t mean that we can’t develop moral and legal codes both personally and socially.” Again, what makes one person’s moral and legal code better than another’s? Without some common ground this conclusion will be a constant source of life threatening conflict and tyranny.

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    • hessianwithteeth

      There are many answers to your questions. First, morality is not merely subject to whims. We live in societies, and as members of those societies, we agree to certain moral codes, many in the form of laws, but certainly not all. We’re taught by earlier members of society to believe some things are right and others wrong. For example, we teach children that hitting is wrong. We need these checks and balances because we are a social creature. We don’t survive well on our own, but we survive really well in groups. As such, we create hierarchies. Certain members lead the rest. This fact alone leaves us open to tyranny, yet we seem unable to create organizations and groups without them. With someone in charge, we don’t always have to apply the checks and balances to our own moral codes: is it legally acceptable? Yes? Okay, then is it socially acceptable? Yes? Okay, go for it. But this isn’t always the case. Sometimes things are legally acceptable, but not socially acceptable, or vice versa. What then? Well then we must navigate our personal moral code. Marijuana is generally considered socially acceptable now, but it’s not legally acceptable (at least where I live) yet. So how does one decide if they’ll smoke pot? Easy: what does their personal moral code say? Mine says go for it.
      Personally, I’d say I’ve gotten a good portion of my moral code from my parents and teachers, which is to say Canadian society at large. But I also get a lot of my personal moral code from all the philosophy courses that I’ve taken, and university as a whole has been very helpful in encouraging me to determine what I believe and come up with good reasons to support my beliefs.
      As for freewill. You are assuming that lack of freewill means determinism, and determinism means a deterministic conscience. That’s not the case. There’s also indeterminism. I haven’t decided where I stand on the indeterminism/determinism debate yet. I don’t fully agree with either, but indeterminism seems to make more sense to me, so I’m leaning closer to that way of thinking. Though, if determinism were true, that does not mean that a conscious entity is controlling everything. Determinism doesn’t even necessarily mean that freewill is impossible, or we can’t be responsible for our choices.
      Again, I don’t believe that we have freewill. But I do believe that we can make choices. Our choices are just very limited because of who we are and what we believe. There are somethings that aren’t options to us, though they differ from person to person. And many of our apparent choices are just illusions. We think we have a choice but we don’t. For example, you walk into a food court and see 10 places to eat. You look around and immediately eliminate 5 places, one made you sick before, one sells food you don’t like, and the rest you simply don’t care for. A thought runs through your head. You want chicken. Two places sell chicken. One has a huge line, the other doesn’t. You go to the place with no line. Did you really have a choice? Could you have picked the place that made you sick as easily as you picked the chicken place?

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      • Glen Goddard

        I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions.

        Regarding the ‘food court’ example: I puzzle over your saying that “many of our choices are just illusions.” I am not sure that I understand your point. I could have chosen the place that made me sick simply because I wanted that chicken taste that none of the other restaurants have. Besides I can choose to reason that maybe my getting sick was a fluke.

        People make bad choices all of the time and that is the heart of freewill. I have the ultimate right and ability to choose to my own or other’s detriment. For example, suppose that my neighbor and I have a long running argument over the previous months. He is consistently rude to my children whenever they try to retrieve their ball from his lawn. I hate his manners and anymore I hate him. I think about ways to kill him because he will not listen to my reason. Enough is enough. Today, I see him working in his garden. My rage flares again. I go back into the house and getting a gun, loading it I return outside. My wife runs after me, pleading with me to not make this choice for solving my issue. I stand there cocking and un-cocking the 45 revolver. Finally I pull the trigger, killing him. They said in court that it was premeditated murder. I said that I had no choice. I do know this, that I freely chose to kill the man in spite of knowing that I would loose my freedom for life.

        I think that one of the reasons we humans fight the concept of freewill is that it give us a ‘out’ when it comes to moral and spiritual responsibility. The bottom line is that if I was created with no real freewill, then how can I be held ultimately responsible for my choice of actions?

        An aside note: I had the opportunity to make a trip from Fairbanks Alaska down through Canada to Tennessee. Spectacular vistas in your country!

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        • hessianwithteeth

          Do you really think that you could kill somebody in that instance? Because that’s kind of scary. I could only see myself killing someone in self-defense. I don’t think that I’d actually have the “choice” to kill my neighbor in that instance, because it isn’t in my nature.
          Yes, it is beautiful :). You must have had a nice view of the mountains.

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  • Cary Vaughn

    I believe I am totally jealous of you having so many followers.
    I believe in the power of freedom of speech because it allows us to not only know others but learn to understand them as well.
    I believe in the right to believe in what you want without wanting making me believe it, too.
    I believe that you should never stop flirting with the one you want to spend the rest of your life.

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  • jacurcura

    This is such a great post. I believe that good things come to those who do good. I believe that every person has a sole mate and I believe that every person deserves equal opportunities.

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  • jordanqwalsh

    I believe that you are correct, except I believe in free will.
    I believe in gray politics (or purple in the red-blue America), that no one answer or one side is right, and what works for one community may fail in another.
    I believe in failure. I believe in trial and error.
    I believe in science.
    I believe in love.
    I believe in humanity (even when it seems like I don’t).
    I believe that mature, honest, and direct communication is the only way to happiness, both in personal life and in the world.
    I believe we will someday overcome social, psychological, linguistic, racial, sexual, and personal stigmas to communicate in this way.

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  • Marigold

    I believe we all have choices throughout our lives but those choices can be constrained through society, economical situations, familial and religious expectations, and even geography and environmental surrounds. I believe that not everyone is born equal, but that we should strive to ensure that our children are closer to equality than we ever were.

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  • _chrissyxleo

    I believe that there is a God out there watching over us, even when the world seems so corrupt.
    I believe in life. Not only the ability to create life, but the ability to take life as well. For those reasons, it should be something we cherish.
    I believe in selflessness.
    I believe in love, for what are we without it?
    I believe in you. And most of your beliefs.
    But mostly, I believe that everyone has a destiny. Whether we know it or not…

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  • mdtycho

    Congrats on having 500 followers, what do I believe? I believe that there is a God, that He died for us. I believe that capitalism is still the best economic system,because it maximises individual liberty and that we should all love each other.

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  • brothermonkmusic

    I believe in an Intelligence that is out there.
    I believe in moral absolutes.
    I believe in feminism, though it’s a loose term that means many different – and sometimes contradictory – things.
    (I think I agree with the rest of your comments…)

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