Belief and Knowledge

I know I’m right! No, I completely disagree! How could you believe that? I’m sure it will never happen!

Our brain and our emotions lead us to taking strong positions like the above. The frequency of statements is quite astounding.

We all choose to grow intellectually and emotionally in different ways. We each gain great experience and what we call knowledge. We might say we have become very knowledgeable. The truth is we will have discovered we know very little in the grand scheme of things.

Many great philosophers have said the more knowledge is pursued the more we find how little we know. Also, great minds have had a very difficult time determining the conditions that result in information becoming knowledge.

It is quite remarkable how many times people will answer a question with a strong or detail answer when the proper statement would have been, “I don’t know.”  Equally befuddling is when one states a belief and receives a response such as, “No, that’s not true.”  The only right answer is to say, “Oh, but it is true; how can you say I do not believe what I say I believe?” These examples may seem silly to many people. Perhaps they are silly, perhaps not. Subtle changes in the ways in which we humans interact can become the foundations of vast cultural change.

We will have discovered, on our joyful journey to happiness, a perspective on what we do not know is much more important in life than what we do know.

Belief in Jesus Christ

Some believe Jesus Christ did not exist.

Some believe Jesus Christ was a famous person

Some believe Jesus Christ was a great prophet and teacher

Some believe Jesus Christ died on a cross.

Some believe Jesus Christ the Son of God, died on The Cross, was Resurrected, and accept Christ as their Savior.

December 25 we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and have done so for decades and decades. We are not completely sure  December 25 is the exact birthday, but that day is the day we have chosen for Christmas.

There is no bigger birthday celebration. I believe Jesus Christ deserves such a party for the impact his life has on the human race. A really great, extremely big party requires lots of hard work, lots of food, lots of gifts, and lots of love. I cannot imagine there ever being a bigger and better birthday party than the one people have around the world at Christmas. I believe Christ is quite impressed and is especially pleased with our giving the gifts to one another.

Belief in Santa

As a part of going to see Santa Claus each year, my mother would save the picture of my sitting on Santa’s knee. She would display these in our dining room each holiday season. When I was six years old I vividly remember reviewing the pictures of three previous visits to Santa. I had a question.

“Hey, Mom.”

“What is it, Topper?” She called me Topper. I don’t know why.

“In these three pictures, Santa looks different. Which one is the real Santa?

“I believe they are all Santa, Topper.”

“No, Mom, that can’t be. The one in the middle is the real Santa. The others must be Santa’s helpers. Santa can’t be everywhere, all the time.”

I wasn’t ready to let go.

There was a time I thought we were both wrong and I didn’t believe in Santa Claus. A few years later I began to believe Mom was right, they were all Santa. Today I believe we were neither right nor wrong. Simply, we both believed in Santa Claus.

Belief in Democracy – Quote

This is a RoadSign on OneRoad Traveled  

Many forms of Goverment have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

Sir Winston Churchill

Belief and Commitment

We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness our heartfelt, strong belief in someone or something is best combined with our strong commitment to personal action.

Making a Commitment

The definitions of commitment in Websters Online Dictionary that are intended within the OneRoad Traveled writings are:

  1. The trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose.
  2. The act of binding yourself to a course of action.

Commitment is sincere, not half-hearted. Commitment is steadfast and binding, not just a willingness to start. Commitment is made by personal choice, not by yielding to pressure from others. Commitment is continuing action, not just a feeling.

Commitment is surrounded by dedication, resolve, perseverance, and purpose.

Commitment to Personal Growth

We are physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual beings. Personal growth happens without our placing a strong commitment to our own growth. We humans tend to let things happen, react, and learn.

Physical  –  Physical growth is taken for granted. We mature in our late teens/early twenties. Done deal. However, a commitment to physical growth as an adult becomes a commitment to health and fitness.

Intellectual – We do pursue education enough to become employed and devote attention to training needed to do our job. However, a commitment to intellectual growth becomes a pursuit of a broader wisdom and a deeper understanding of mother nature and human nature.

Emotionally – We find ourselves able to generally become an emotional adult versus feeling and displaying the emotions of a five year old. However, a commitment to emotional growth is a commitment to improve self-control, patience, love, integrity, and our peacemaking skills. 

Spiritually – Most of us believe God and heaven do exist. We may discover a time when we want to know more. If not yet a longing, a commitment to spiritual growth is to strive to tap our inner self, beyond just using our intellect. We develop our heart, intuition, peace of mind, and more.

A commitment to personal growth requires a commitment to a growing understanding of humility. 

What have I learned? What have I discovered? How can I grow? These are question we can ask ourselves at the end of each day, each week, each month, each year, and each decade.

We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness that a commitment to personal growth is difficult to maintain and difficult to feel great success in one day, one week, or one month. Over a decade, with great humility, we will have discovered a tremendous sense of personal accomplishment.