Beliefs vs. Reality

3 thoughts on “Beliefs vs. Reality”

  1. Fascinating! What freedom to take comfort and joy in our own experiences without having to impose their veracity on others nor compare them to others. Let those experiences inspire those who will be inspired by them, and it’s entirely okay there are those who aren’t. They will find their own avenues. I love letting go of the need to be right. Thanks for a great article!

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    1. Yes! The freedom to experience and think what we will, without the need for others to believe we’re right, or even for us to know we’re right, and allow others the same freedom. It is liberating! Of course, we seek for truth, but the point is that we will always be seeking it. There is no end to truth.

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      1. Here’s a related quote from Joseph Smith:

        “I never thought it was right to call up a man and try him because he erred in doctrine, it looks too much like methodism and not like Latter day Saintism. Methodists have creeds which a man must believe or be kicked out of their church. I want the liberty of believe as I please, it feels so good not to be trammeled. It don’t prove that a man is not a good man, because he errs in doctrine.”

        Of course, there is still the underlying implication here that there is correct “doctrine,” and incorrect or erroneous “doctrine,” which I think may not be quite right. But it’s the liberty to believe as we please, and allowing that same liberty to others, that I think is important. Our belief is not what makes us good or bad. It is perhaps the fruits of that belief that indicate whether it is useful, beneficial, helpful, practical, compassionate, etc.

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