Inquiry: Good human beings believe in things

 

Good human being believe in things.

  1. True?
    Yes. I can find a part of me that believes that.
  2. Sure?
    No. Not at all.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I look for stories to believe in, so I can be a good human being. So I can do what others do.
    • If I notice that I don’t believe a particular story, and others do – and see me as wrong for not believing it – I try to believe it. I try to make it true for myself, and act as if it is true.
    • There is some confusion, since I am not quite sure what beliefs qualify. Which ones are good enough.
    • When did I first have that thought? Probably early in childhood, noticing that adults around me had certain beliefs, and that they expected others to believe the same.
    • What do I get for holding onto that belief? I get to be a good human being. To do the same as those around me. To – more likely – be accepted.
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Free to believe in a story or not. Free to have more clarity around a certain story, even if those around me take it as true and for granted.
    • Curious about that interaction, between me free from a belief and others holding onto it. How does it play itself out? In what way can I act to be an interface between those two? What seems most skillful, here now?
  5. Turnarounds.
    • Good human beings do not believe in things.
      • Yes. More true. When we believe a story, our heart closes down when life doesn’t conform. Free from belief, there is more receptivity, an open heart, and more responsiveness.
    • Bad human beings believe in things.
      • Yes, from beliefs comes rigidity and a certainty of being right. And from here comes “bad” behavior, the ways we harm ourselves and others (in a conventional sense).
    • Bad human beings do not believe in things.
      • I can find that too. In a conventional sense, and early on in the process, it can be helpful to have certain beliefs – it helps us act in ways that conform to cultural norms, including – in the best case – ethics.
    • Good human beings question things.
      • Yes. That is certainly true, especially when we question our own beliefs – and are receptive to what we find.

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