Blind belief may foster strength, but often cripples wisdom.  By contrast, if one accounts for ambiguity and trains themselves to be fluid and versatile, then it is not just strength and wisdom they acquire, but capability as well.


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  1. True words, but in my opinion, incomplete. I am of the honest opinion that if you channel your belief as a way to stay humble & confident, then that very belief takes on a powerful meaning and value.

    Of course, this is mainly true for religious & spiritual beliefs, but I hope it can be applied for other kinds of beliefs too.

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    • Possibly, yes. And there is definite scientific evidence to back the placebo effect as a powerful force. However, I like to refer to science and logic as bases for premises, because even though they don’t hold all the answers, they seem to build the most consensus (you don’t need to believe in objects fashioned by the scientific method—guns and computers—to acknowledge their power). And more often than not, from my experience in the military, I have seen motivation and positive thinking run out far before discipline. True inner strength, IMHO, is demonstrated in the harshest of circumstances—when you have run out of causes to fight for, when you have run out of things to believe in, when you are in so much pain you’re reduced to the barest, thinnest whisper of what you once thought you were, to the point you can hardly remember your own name or even your identity. If at that point, you can keep going just for the sake of it, then that is a stronger force than belief or “The Secret” style wishing, and transcends the meaning of willpower. (the closest popular analogy I can think of is Frodo as he loses his mind in the Lord of the rings but keeps going.)

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      • You’re right. And I agree with you. It’s always the discipline that stands. I just didn’t mention that bcos it would be slightly out of context.
        It’s the indomitable will to stand in face of overwhelming odds that make you a better person than yesterday. And sometimes, just trying to be a better person than yesterday is the most difficult, most nerve-wracking, and yet most rewarding experience that your soul can have.
        And I believe that particular experience is what creates, shapes and nurtures our inner Buddhas.
        What do you think?

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      • I agree with everything you said! My view is that if we are indeed the products of some divine consciousness, then why would that consciousness make us suffer, other than for the same reason we might go to a horror movie? I say that it’s because at some deep level, we enjoy going through a hellacious experience because to appreciate the “fun stuff” and to give ourselves a limitless perspective. Now based on that premise, I see all the discipline stuff and self-improvement as only pertinent if it increases fulfillment. Not immediate gratification; I know plenty of hedonists and impulsive folks to know that immediate gratification does not equal happiness. I think whatever combination of belief, discipline, creativity, etc. etc. provides a given individual the most fulfillment where they can sleep well and be fine with their life at that exact moment…THAT’S the real goal. If belief works, great. If discipline works, great. If some mix of the two work, great. I believe it’s up to each individual to find out for themselves.

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