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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.

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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.

Lack of Commitment

There was a clear lack of commitment when that did not get done, they divorced, the project was late, she resigned, he was downsized, it got out of control, she did not graduate.

It is easy to judge. The truth is we do not have enough information to judge others when it comes to commitment. There are valid reasons to break commitments. There are examples of a lack of commitment also. We rarely have enough information to judge.

Commitment is a challenge to our own personal integrity. Only we can determine the level of commitment we had in our heart when results did not come. Focusing on personal responsibility to commit and to determine if lack of our personal commitment was a factor in an outcome is the only true way to address commitment.

A major issue for commitment is time. Are we only obligated to commit in the beginning? Are we free to cease commitment because of what we see? Are we poised to remove ourselves if we suspect “they” are not committed? Commitment implies a dedication from start to finish, no matter what, barring unacceptable behavior or obstacles. The weakness in our English language implies we commit at the beginning, continue to commit if circumstances warrant, and declare we were commited if results are successful.

We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness commitment is a delicate balance of doing what it takes, no matter what, and of coming to believe it is time to bow out. Taking this lightly, blaming others and/or circumstances for the reason to bow out can lead to a series of paths of regret.

Commitment to Individual Responsibility

Those of us living in a democracy are able to exercise freedom of choice. Along with this freedom comes a need to be willing to make responsible choices. When we become no longer willing to accept personal responsibility for our life journey we are creating building blocks for a freedom that has no bounds. This type of freedom does not carry a concern for potential consequences for other individuals, communities, and the country as a whole.

As individuals in a society we have duties that are obvious and clear but are often taken for granted. We have a duty to be the best we can be in the role of:

  • student
  • family member
  • resident of a community
  • citizen
  • member of organizations

We must recognize these to be the highest of responsibilities. We must recognize individual responsibility means we are accountable for our own actions; past, present, and future. At the same time, we must know life brings countless outside forces that limit our options for action. Life is not always fair. Life is difficult.

We will have discovered on our joyful pursuit of happiness freedom of choice is best exercised by making and maintaining a commitment to taking full personal responsibility for our own OneRoad Traveled.