Don’t deceive yourself and others by developing personal beliefs rooted in your disbelief in something else.
Residing within each one of us is the intrinsic need to believe in something that is larger than we are; it gives us purpose and a sense of belonging with other like-minded individuals. Without belief we become disillusioned and lose hope. We wander aimlessly through life without direction, without goals, and with no fire in our belly; it robs us of the passion we need to engage life.
Ironically, you and I may each believe in completely opposite ideals, and yet passionately proclaim those ideals as truth, defending them at all cost. We shape our whole lives around these opposing beliefs: we find direction and develop goals; we seek out like minded individuals to share camaraderie and gather new information; we organize with our comrades into larger and larger groups, and draw up manifestos and articles of conduct. But there is something missing from this scenario: you and I together proclaim a contradiction because your beliefs and mine oppose each other, and if one of us is right then the other believes something that is untrue. For the sake of argument, let’s say that you are right and I am wrong, but strangely, my beliefs are based on my disbelief in your ideals. What does this mean? It means that even if your ideals were wrong, if they were to ever go away, I would no longer have anything to believe in because my belief is my disbelief in your ideals. My whole system of belief depends entirely upon the nonexistence of what you believe. Whether you are right or wrong, the ideals in which I believe are based entirely upon something I believe does not exist. They are based upon nothing – I believe in something that is not real. Your ideals, on the other hand, are true and don’t need my belief or disbelief to exist. They are rooted in truth which can never go away because it existed before it created us.
Whatever we do in this life, we must base it upon something that is real, something that never goes away, something that is true and lasting, eternal, and in which no contradiction exists or can. Nothing other than Truth deserves our trust.