An interesting thing about the human brain is it will always look for things to justify a belief or an emotion. If you find yourself instantly rejecting or accepting someone’s words, an article, a youtube video, a scientific paper, ask yourself, “Why exactly am I instantly accepting or rejecting this without much thought or research? Is it simply because it already coincides OR clashes with a current belief or emotion I already have established?”
We will always look for things, people, situations, to back up our belief system. And we will find them no matter what that belief is! If you believe all men are abusive you will keep attracting abusive men into your life and reject those that are not abusive. Your belief must constantly be justified, even if that belief is harmful.
I’m sure you can see it right on social media. It’s the same people posting the same things. Those that are terrified of the virus and believe the shut down is necessary and should be prolonged will keep posting articles about soaring death rates. They must justify their fear. Those that are in disagreement with the shut down will find the the articles that have a completely different perspective on the pandemic. Maybe its the crashing economy, maybe its the fear of vaccines or being chipped, maybe it’s the fear of being taken over by communism.
The Media, ARGH!
Hey, NONE of us know whats really going on. So much news is fake anymore, all the major media outlets are owned by corporations. There is no law against lying on the news. There are no consequences for lies. There is little integrity among journalists anymore. Censorship is at an all time high. Everyone seems to have an agenda.
I have my own beliefs about what is happening now and boy have I found plenty of things to back that belief up! Am I right? I think so. I hope not. Maybe I’m wrong. There are certainly plenty of people that disagree with my belief. Sometimes I want to scream at them “wake up? Can’t you see what’s going on? How can you be such a fool?” I’m sure they are thinking the same thoughts about me….
Embrace the not knowing. You will never learn anything new if you only associate yourself with people who agree with you.
What I know we shouldn’t be doing is shaming each other for our beliefs. What we need to be doing is a lot more listening and understanding. Have compassion and love for our fellow humans even if they disagree with you. What we need to do is admit to ourselves we may not be right, no matter how many scientific papers, doctor youtube videos, news articles we find that back up our belief.
But you can trust Science, right?
As I heard someone once say “You can trust science, but can you trust the scientist?” They can be bought too just like anyone else. And science is constantly evolving and changing and will forever do so. For we will never run out of thing to learn. What we know now may be completely different form what we know 100 years from now. Even things we now accept as fact.
Again embrace not knowing, that just maybe, you might not be right. Remember no one likes a “no it all.” Just listen. Be kind. Keep your heart and mind open.