The Power behind Perspectives . . .

. . . or the Mechanics of Belief

Spiritually speaking, I think its wrong to tell people what to believe. Not only is it wrong, it’s a covert manipulative attempt in making disciples of your own views. I say covert, because I don’t think we want to dupe people like that.

You can not believe something you don’t see in your mind. Your beliefs are dictated by your perspectives. So are your emotions. By that I am suggesting that your beliefs and emotions are so inextricably connected, they are like the two blades of a pair of scissors cutting through the fabric of your life.

How you cut through your day depends on the condition of your scissor. The cut line on that fabric will bear the residual of your beliefs and emotions. The manner in which we treat people betrays our perspective.

Faith and belief are not the same. Faith is a tangible connection with something hoped for and possessing the evidence of something I can’t see. Belief is centered in what you can mentally see.

Why are our perspectives so powerful and what fuels them? Why are we so sure of our own rightness? Why are we so quick to dismiss the testimonies of others just because it does not confirm us in some way?

Paradigms are the mental archetypes that shape our perspective. Paradigms begin taking form in us while we’re very young. Another way of saying this would be “we are what we think” at least as far we are concerned. These mental archetypes create a lens through which we see ourselves and the world around us.

Let me know what you think.


Author: RoyZed

I'm a pretty simple country guy who enjoys living in the wide open spaces. I was married two years after graduating from high school. Life was pretty simple. You know, black and white, clear cut, no hassle kind of life style.Then 40 years later our marriage ceded to death. Life as I knew it was over! Pain and suffering have a way of opening you up like a plow tills a field. As a result, my black and white philosophy went to 256 shades of gray. I have a changed perspective, a different heart and a new life. My wife, Carrie, and I live in Kempton, Pennsylvania where we are enjoying our new lives together with our friends, family, horses and a colony of feral cats.

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