”Believe in love. Believe in magic. Hell, believe in Santa Clause. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don’t, who will?” -Jon Bon Jovi
Do you believe? That’s a different question from “do you have beliefs?”.
We all “have beliefs”. Some of them are ones we’ve inherited from our families and our surrounding culture. Others are rooted in ideas we’ve researched or reflected on for ourselves.
“Having beliefs” is how we make sense out of the world.
But many of the important elements in life are things which don’t always seem to make sense. The patterns of rationality and pragmatism we rely on when we pay our bills, make our beds, and pump the gas, are insufficient for navigating more elusive realms like Love, Creativity, Laughter, and Dreams. In these realms we encounter experiences that require more of us than our ability to “have beliefs.”
These are the moments when we need to “Believe.”
The process of “Believing”, as opposed to “having beliefs”, is not a philosophy. It’s a practice.
It’s a practice that opens us up to the radical idea that we have the potential to transcend the illusions of limitation that often masquerade as common sense.
“Believing” is what shatters the creative barriers erected by our addictions to convention, familiarity, and intellectual map-making.
“Believing” is what stretches our imaginations and broadens our horizons.
So, “have” your beliefs, but don’t forget to “believe.”
Because no matter what beliefs we “have”, none of us are going to make any kind of difference in this world unless we’re willing to fathom the unfathomable.
That’s TK’s Two Cents.