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Rationality, silly beliefs, and the pursuit of happiness

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows. If I fail, if I succeed at least I live as I believe. No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity.” -The Greatest Love of All, Performed by Whitney Houston; Written by Creed, Linda, Masser, Michael

There are people who can do a very fine job of making you feel silly or stupid for believing what they consider to be “irrational” ideas.

Every worldview has its “thought-police”: the evangelists, apologists, and missionaries who wont rest until they’ve purified your mind of its ideological sins.

Here’s today’s two cents:

Your happiness has nothing to do with how much the scientific community, the religious community, the right-wing community, the liberal community, or any other community agrees with your thinking.

None of your detractors or dissenters will ever have to bear the burden of living with the emotional and experiential consequences of your beliefs.

The problem with concepts like “truth”, “rationality”, “logic”, and even “faith” is that everyone has their own conflicting standards for what the definitions are.

The solution: think for yourself, follow your own inner guidance, and take responsibility for the life you create.

At least that’s the way I see it.

What about you?

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  1. I do too see it this way, though in a lighter perspective that most find harsh and mean, or so I’ve been told. One day I had reached the point where I was tired of everyone trying to push me into their way of thinking, thier way of life, and their way of spending their time. So I simply told them to live their own lives the way they please and I’ll live my life the way I please. At first it took them sometime to understand that I wasn’t changing my ways to appeal to them. For them, being extreme Christians, thought I had given in to sin fully and whatnot, they thought this because they know I am an atheist and did not always follow what the Bible said for me to follow, making them think I was a bad person to be around. For me, it was a search for a calmer happiness that didn’t involve being shoved into something I did not believe in. Now we’re settled as friends again, their happiness revolves around their God and their families, and my happiness revolves around making me the person I want to be, and I find it much easier this way.

    1. I completely resonate with your story. I’m fascinated with the way we as a society seem to be so uncomfortable with and threatened by philosophical/political/spiritual diversity. The creationist keep trying to change the evolutionist. The evolutionist keep trying to change the creationist and so many groups are so worried about everyone who disagrees with them. That can be a very stressful way to live. Kudos for holding your ground, following your own path, and demanding respect for your right to do so.

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