In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?
Some of the bloggers find this prompt quite boring. it does not appeal to them so much. but I feel it is an interesting prompt which talks about the reason behind our beliefs. every one of us believes in something so it is related to everybody.
What is belief?
Belief is the state of mind in which a person thinks something to be the case, with or without there being empirical evidence to prove that something is the case with factual certainty.
so there is a large difference between truth and belief or should I say belief comes from our ignorance of things. when we are sure about something then there is no point in believing.it becomes a fact and none believes in facts. we believe in the things which are hidden to us and we do not know whether they exist or not. we make our beliefs out of our ignorance.so the things which are unknown to us and fit in the periphery of our knowledge become our beliefs.
for instance, if we ask someone do you believe in God? then his answer will be either no or yes but he will never think about the validity of the question. he will never think that can we believe in God. because he has no idea about God, how it looks like? so due to this ignorance the belief originates.
suppose an another situation, if we ask a person do you believe in Sun? what do you think will be his response? most probably he will say are you Mad! how can a person believe in the sun? there is no point of believing because it is in front me. I can see it with my eyes. yes, he is right. we can’t believe in the Sun. we need not believe in something which is known to us.
so if we say I believe in sth that proves that we do not know about that thing. and we expect it to be existing. our belief plays an important role. almost all the problems of our lives are the byproduct of our belief system. if we believe in God then it will be very hard for us to hear from someone that God doesn’t exist. though it has nothing to do with the existence of God. if God does not exist then our belief can’t make him exist. and if he does exist then even if the whole world say that he does not exist, his existence can not be changed.
but this very belief that God exists or not will change our whole life. the lifestyle of the person who believes in god will be completely different from the person who doesn’t believe so. so in my view, we should have the scientific view towards things. rather than believing our focus should on knowing the things. as carl sagan has said, “I do not want to believe, I want to know.”