What Do You Actually Believe?

We are so convicted in our beliefs, yet how many of us can say we’ve worked for them? Read a hundred books and written them? 

Could you, if given an ultimatum, write out all your political beliefs? Or more importantly, your beliefs about life, about love? 

Malcolm X said,

“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”

Take some time this week and jot down the things that you believe and why you believe them. I think you’ll be surprised by what you find.

Some contradictions. Some outdated understandings. Some statements that surprise you.

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Here are a few examples of my own beliefs when I tried doing the same:

[*] Some adversities are a gift, not a burden. It is a what a friend of mine calls “soul setup”, what I’d call an arrow. 

[*] It is our job to do good and well, but above all else to be good. 

[*] Human nature is complex, and by definition, blinding. We would do best to deal with it as it is, rather than to fight it, however.

[*] We want connection, not confrontation. Yet, sometimes, confrontation is a necessary first step to truly connect. 

[*] Matters of debate should always be handled with as much grace as possible. Throwing low blows isn’t cool, though it feels good. When your emotions get the best of you, it’s best to stand down and come back later.

[*] I am privileged far beyond my comprehension. This privilege is a lens through which I see the world, one that is difficult to take down.

[*] Most people are good, but they are also lazy, fearful, and narcissistic. It is this sloth, fear, and narcissism that has started world wars.

[*] Art and life are inextricably linked. The best an artist can do is tell the truth. 

[*] My beliefs will change as my worldview expands. I am not so convinced out of my own ignorance, not so assured of my righteousness.

Kate Ward