I’ve always said that no matter what you say or believe it can be proven wrong. Say what you want, believe what you want, it can all be proven erroneous in some way. It became clear to me that no viewpoint, conception, or belief from mankind is infalliable.
Belief is different all over the world. There are so many angles and points of view that it’s bewildering. Even within a body of people there are varying beliefs. Often, these contradict each other and can lead to conflict. It often seems common that, in a body of people, there develops two groups that are opposite in their beliefs and who quarrel a lot, such as the Republicans and Democrats. Which belief, then, is correct?
What a person believes or thinks even changes with age. Even our state of mind or mood affects what we believe. In reality, our beliefs, as a person, seem to be in a constant ebb and flow, varying daily and even minute by minute. Very few of us, I think, are aware of this varying quality of belief. We, ourselves, are not as constant as we may think.
All this shows that any conception we have is never complete. We never have the complete picture. There is always something missing or lacking or warped or distorted or what have you.
Because of this it is often easy for someone to find the ‘failure’ of any belief. A different point of view can give a whole new slant on any belief. These often brings out the failures of a belief. It’s interesting that, when a belief shows another belief wrong, we forget that it also is wrong in its own way. Not only that, once a belief is proven wrong there’s a mistaken notion that that the new belief is now ‘correct’. But, we must remember, this belief will be proven wrong by another belief in due time. This claim of being ‘correct’ was, of course, the claim of science in regard to religion, for example.
I should also point out that just as anything you say or do can be proven wrong so can anything you say or believe be proven correct. Many actions done by ‘bad’ people, murderers, and criminals are usually done because they have justified it in their head. That is to say, they have made it correct. It’s this reason that the action was performed at all. We must remember, for example, that Hitler and the Nazi’s justified their actions before they did it. They just didn’t do it because they were ‘evil’. A lot of the ‘evil’ things done in life are not done with ‘evil’ intent, but have been justified by the person committing it. When things go in a certain direction it is all too easy to start justifying murder, exploitation, extortion, etc. We’ve all done the same thing, though not to that extent. Each one of us has justified doing something ‘bad’ in our lives, whether we know it or not.
Now, with all this, the question becomes: If anything can be proven right or wrong then what makes a correct idea or belief? Is belief a myth?
Too often, we think belief is supposed to be total, a complete explanation, which I think is erroneous and leads to all these problems. In reality, every belief is limited. This is why anything can be proven wrong. But, at the same time, belief is real and not a myth. It’s a part of everyday life. We must believe something. The problem is not in the belief itself (whether it’s right or wrong, as is generally supposed), but more the condition of the belief that makes it significant in my opinion.
I have always believed that what makes a belief true is relevance. This is the origin of that saying of mine is: truth is relevance. By relevance I mean that belief is a personal issue. That is, what’s important is what is relevant to you, as a person. It is based on what is significant to a person’s life. What is significant to one person is nothing to another. As a result, they have different beliefs. Under these conditions everyone can see the fault of other people’s beliefs as we are all living under different conditions and relevancies. In addition, it refers to what is relevant to a person at the moment. This means that it can very easily change from moment to moment. Conditions and events, most certainly, can change relevance and belief.
It also means that any belief or opinion that a person has is true, in its own way. If a person believes something then it has some relevence somehow, at least to the part of them that needs that relevency. In this case, the world becomes a whirlwind of beliefs and opinions. This is because the world is just like that. It is not a place of one belief, one opinion. Everywhere you turn are different beliefs about things and different points of view. They fly around us like a tornado, though we may not be fully aware of it.
It’s because of all this that I think it is best not to think we know everything and to be aware that we don’t know. I believe that one of the great forms of knowledge is in the awareness that you do not know and that what you think you know isn’t everything.