I don’t believe it!
Man, that is so beyond belief!
That’s how we communicate about something that’s foreign to our own personal experience. It’s a declaration of where the boundaries of our psyche are located. When we see, hear or experience something for which we personally have no experience with, if it’s too bizarre, routinely dismiss it if possible or ridicule its testimony hoping to discredit the whole thing. Ok, well, that’s how I’ve handled things that are just too strange for me.
There was a time when people believed the world was flat; the sun moved around the earth. Relatively speaking, they were right. Our perspective is so powerful. It’s also very personal which makes it so believable. Perspective does not ask for an opinion, because it doesn’t need one. It is its own authority based on how it renders what it sees.
What drives it? Where does it get its fuel?
Perspective is fueled by paradigms. Those invisible mental models that have established themselves as truth is what drives perspective. Whether you see the glass half full or half empty depends on these guys. They drive your decisions in choosing what you eat and who will be your life partner. It’s amazing how perspective wields such power in a covert way. Perspective has an insatiable desire to be right. It determines what we believe.
If you live with that kind of ball and chain, I would call you a fanatic. A fanatic is someone entrenched in invincible ignorance. I guess the truth is that we are all fanatics to some extent, held in a peculiar space by our own mind.
Essentially, belief is what we see or understand mentally. A person cannot believe what he sees until he believes before he sees (faith), before he perceives the reality of what he looks at. God does not give a man the power to see until his character proves itself worthy of its purification. This is a basic, but misunderstood spiritual truth. I say spiritual in the sense that is who we are. To deny ourselves the dynamics of spirituality is to deny our humanity.
So how can we have our minds changed about things we are so sure of? Do we what them changed? And is it necessary? Can we really get beyond what we currently hold to tightly?
Is there more to life than what you currently understand?