(This is a follow-up to my piece on “Perception”)
Who is to tell you what you should and should not believe? Truly, only you can decide this. Whether it is religion, spirituality in general, words someone says, thoughts someone shares, thoughts you may form as you live, tradition of your society, or for the facts and theories of science, ultimately is your choice to believe. People are more open to a mix of these beliefs in this day in age, as common ground can be found between all of them. What you take from what already exists is up to you – How you view any given thing is solely up to allowing yourself to do so. How you feel on any given subject may not be how another feels, which is alright. Everyone is unique in their own way as we all enjoy things in our own ways. They may be the same as others or they may not, that isn’t up to you to decide as you can only control yourself.
Each individual person has the freedom to control how they perceive situations, how they think, and what they believe in. Belief in thoughts can affect how someone views a situation if they allow it to be the base of their perception – If a person thinks someone else, let’s say, does any given action just to spite them, causing them to feel offended, simply because it goes against something they personally believe in, they alter their perception to see more spite in an action than the under-lying reason(s) why it was committed. People do things because of how they feel and what they believe in. If you only look for specific reasons you’ll miss what someone truly means by their actions. In truth, there can be many reasons for any given actions a person carries out – From how someone is treating a person, the way someone communicates, and how they perceive what another person does. Insecurity plays its part in how a person perceives various situations. It isn’t always seen as insecurity, as it is sometimes seen as a belief. In the example I was using, the person feeling a sense of offense may feel insecure about their own thoughts or beliefs as they simply wish to be correct. This may be due to a desire for life to make sense, as without their belief being true they may feel lost and confused.
This is where faith comes in, in the sense of putting trust into a thought you or someone else may have and you agree with, or a way to live your life that you feel is right for you. Faith goes together with believing: If you have faith in what you believe, your connection to your belief(s) is stronger. There is a beauty in having faith – This, to, is up to you to decide where you place it. There will be times when you see another person doing something you don’t agree with, or that you believe they shouldn’t because of what you believe in. You can let them know your thoughts and about why you’re taking the time to speak with them, but to try to force your beliefs unto them isn’t the way to go. Letting them know your thoughts should be a way to communicate to them that you worry for them, or to just offer a new perspective of a situation to better help them make their choice(s). For them to take it into consideration is up to them, yet your in-put will still be shared – How you give your opinion is up to you. At the least you can make the choice to show you care about them as a person, wishing for them to make a choice they aren’t only okay with but help them to make a better/safer decision.
Every religion has their own rules for followers to live their life by. These I see as guidelines to live a more fulfilled life, to avoid making choices that can cause you to lose sight of not just your life, but of those around you. They’re meant to help you when making a choice. How someone perceives the world around them is guided by their religion. For those without an exact religion, the ways in which they believe they should live their life are what help guide their choices and perception. This doesn’t necessarily mean it will help someone make a helpful/good choice; how someone views a situation is based on their perception, something that the ways to live their life takes from to form how they perceive it. It is good to question things, to seek understanding, to find reasons why something is the way it is – Questioning is how people learn by bringing up thoughts and ideas to better aid them in finding understanding and answers to what doesn’t make complete sense to them. They are to be understood for what they are, not taken as an offense from something so simple. You as a person are free to believe what you want and to think how you want, but you should do so with an open mind of others. This conflicts with certain views from various religions, and to them all that can be said is what is stated above: You can express your views without being forceful of them, to help someone in making a choice for themselves.