NONAME asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 5 months ago

Are we responsible for what we believe?

It seems like people get offended if another person believes something they find undesirable. Yet we dont get mad at people for acknowledging some unpleasant fact. For example, we would not hold a scientist responsible for acknowledging that arsenic is poisonous, or a historian for acknowledging the holocaust happened.

Like with religion, people assume if someone believes a certain doctrine or principal, that they want to. Such as the idea that Fundamentalists want to believe in eternal damnation, or that Buddhists want to believe life is suffering. Or we can do that with predictions of the future, where someone who expects the worst is seen as a cynic, while someone who predicts the best is an optimist.

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  • In part. One can choose to ignore input due to bias, allowing one to draw different conclusions (beliefs) from the input they allow. Happens all the time. It's a major historic human frailty.

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  • Raja
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Whether true or not, you are responsible for what you believe. Belief makes wonders. Beliefs make your spirits to take you in the path you believe. The consequences may be bad or good. It depends on the beliefs.

    Human beings are ruled by spirits but humans must learn to control and rule the spirits. Spirits possess people according to the mental state of the human beings and keep them in the same state until they are rejected and replaced by another. This is an all time phenomena occurring in all humans. Human beings are always under the influence of spirits. Certain situations and circumstances causes the possession of certain type of spirits. Often thinking and talking about bad subjects or bad imaginations even for fun can take serious turns on one who think and talk. Often thinking and talking about good subjects with good imaginations can create positive effects in your life. Your favorable thoughts and beliefs can bring favorable spirits by your side. The more you think the more would be the possession of that spirit. All spirits (good and bad) have the dominating character. They can take you to the extent of sacrifice or suicide.

    All of your activities, talks and even thoughts determine what kind of spirits you will have for your life. Only these spirits are the reason for the good and bad happening in your life. Generally spirits determine your destiny from your daily activities, talks and thoughts too. Spirits are separate elements. A human being is not a single spirit. A human being doesn't have a spiritual body. A human being during his/her life time is living with many spirits which have joined one by one since birth. They are knowledge, skills, feelings, emotions, interests and everything. Even thoughts are not your own. For example, when you want to take a decision on a subject, one after another the spirits think and you just listen, choose or reject the ideas which they transmit to your mind through your brain in the form of thoughts. Brain is just a media to connect the spirits to your mind. A mind is just a computer's mind. After the destruction of a computer completely you will not get it's mind. The same is the case with the human beings. Soul is nothing but an energy needed for the functionality of a body. It is not a spirit or anything else. All human beings are just robots made of flesh and bones and toys of the spirits for their games.

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  • 5 months ago

    Definitely. Our believes are driving our behaviors and actions. Once fixed our believes our actions follow. That is the fundamental idea for education.

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  • 5 months ago

    No, it is the God.

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  • P
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Yes we are. Failing to accept responsibility for beliefs and the actions they inspire is simply an excuse. It isn't the scientist or historian who is responsible for your own actions.

    We are gifted with he capability and critical thinking skills to anticipate the potential consequences of our actions. Opinions may vary between stakeholders as to Rand's fair rewards ideas. They have a tendency to be dictated by the advantaged to the cost of everyone else. Kant's views on exploitation are worth considering in relation to responsibility.

    Cynicism provides a safety margin but is worth including in the "bias" part of critical thinking. Realism along with tolerance is the best path, but taking responsibility is key

  • Our feelings are not created by the conscious mind. They are bidden forth by the conscious mind. Much like the imagination. There is a cornucopia of sense infusions out of which forms are spontaneously engineered and tailored.

    There is a lot which we are not responsible but we are responsible for what we bid forth from the mysterious depths of the brain. It supports us and we in our reaction effect its changes.

    We are as a marble rolling along a brightly lit floor and our shadow is projected through our shiny translucent body onto the floor as we roll along.

    Different parts of our inner body are projected on the floor moving in ways we cannot imagine or grasp except two dimensionally on the floor as projections.

    Our brains react to us and we receive what we seek.

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  • 5 months ago

    Unfortunately, no. It's comforting to think so, but the world is so full of misinformation and "alternate facts" (I love that absurdity!.....it's like "don't confuse me with the truth"). The current furore over the Russian meddling with our elections is another example. the absurd statements of askers here quoting "facts" that are nonexistent is another.

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  • 5 months ago

    How could it be otherwise? They're not someone else's beliefs. They're not formed in someone else's brain.

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  • 5 months ago

    Fair Question NN.

    You do though make fundamental mistakes within it (that we would NOT hold a scientist responsible

    for the fact that arsenic is poisonous + an historian for accepting the holocaust).

    I think that you have it that we too must get the negative from all the arguments you state & then

    see if "we are responsible for what we believe".

    We are.

    But only if we criticise our own view of the world as we see it (not mentioning that of a few

    too many philosophers along-the-way lol).

    Of course there is a lot more to then say....

    Source(s): Greta Thunberg's method of responsibly blaming those responsible (spectrum Equalising of opposites..)
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    • peter m
      Lv 6
      5 months agoReport

      Some have been TAUGHT this skewed false way of doing "philosophy". Don't fall for it - if you do you too will be condemned to a probable LIFETIME of pseudo- definition-ism & the like ; Low grade philosophy of which the perpetrators here have NO INTENTION of upgrading & of changing.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    If you're a Christian, you have free will so you are responsible for your beliefs and actions. I don't know about other religions or cultures.

    The reality is that all current events are the result of causality created by prior events.

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