Your Beliefs Make and Break You

It is surprising how certain core matters pop up in the most unexpected places. I was reading a marketing article, because I am sales challenged to a certain degree. Like what is probably true for the vast majority of people in my culture, I don’t like to sell. I feel forced to learn how, especially now that I am trying out different business avenues online (Zazzle, for instance). Plus I like reading marketing and social media articles. Throw in some pop psychology and you’ve got my attention.

This thought grabbed my eye:

Beliefs form a fundamental part of our psychological make up and are the building blocks of our personality. Our beliefs dictate how we see the world and therefore, every single decision we make while interacting with our world.

Beliefs start and end wars. Beliefs make and break relationships.

Sales Psychology

This has been my conviction for years, although I phrased it in a slightly different manner.

This is why I think ideology is so important. Francis Schaeffer articulated a lot of this for me when he explained that one of the reasons it matters to understand the art and innovative thinkers of your generation is because it is the seedbed of what your culture will reflect in the next generation (that is to say, ‘what they will believe”). With enough push in thought forming mediums, a culture will change… even in what once seemed to be an “unthinkable” way.

It explains to me why visionaries are so important, whether they are initially accepted or not.

We might be seeing this more clearly than ever when the accelerant of the internet made consensus change work in ways that are now described as “viral”.

What we believe not only influences everything around us, it creates a future.

I’m just going to let this sink in without further comment, until this very broad idea finds the specific application I want to think about. It applies on so many levels… like what we think of ourselves, what we choose for our families, how politically manipulated we become, all sorts of thing from business to what we think of our future.

Related to this is whether we believe something reality based, or we believe a lie… about any and all of these things, because not all beliefs are equal- or morally neutral!

Racial Politics

Today’s world is trying to walk a fine balance. We are trying to keep our civilized noses above water in the inundations of clashes between cultures, religions, and races. What is at stake is the hard won tolerance, true tolerance of diverse heritages and backgrounds, as well as appreciation of the human race as a whole. Evil takes its advantages wherever it can find them, however.

Once we came to a place in society where racial bigotry was seen as the insidious thing that it was, we entered a very short period of greater opportunity and equality… but as clamps came down to methodologize and legislate increasingly tight terms of behavior it has led to today’s hodgepodge world of trashed justice. We might be trying our best, but we are failing miserably. LaShawn Barber is well known for her posts pointing this out. But as politicking goes, the problem with trying to approach these problems of racial acceptance with mostly pressure tactics is leaving us in a situation of vulnerability to losing all the good and a freefall into gang mentality. If not actual gangs.

Our compassion without structured restraints of a society’s adherence to strong moral standards is leaving us in a vise grip of increased authority to corral increased advantages taken by the immoral. Without a core of strong moral standards in between it propels society into either chaos or tyrannical laws and leaders.

A free society has a lot to lose in this scenario.

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In The Urban Garden

David Loftus:

I knew going in that my efforts would probably be wasted. It was what the existentialists call an “acte gratuite” — a choice to act in the face of a foreordained doom.

…In a world full of powerful interests hoping to make us all into consumers and spectators, it’s essential to act and speak.

Otherwise, you’re not learning and growing; you’re just opening your mouth for someone else’s spoons.

Tribal Drums

Beating out the same old tune, I guess.

The last post, ‘Going Tribal’, probably seemed disjointed. Maybe because I see the thread of a conflicting ethos as manifesting for some time now, and the effects of it as seen in the Katrina disaster as a further evidence, rather than something new.

As I thought things over, I wanted to say that we see the picture of the two responses to national disaster ( New York 911 and New Orleans Katrina) as manifesting different subcultural responses, but the more I thought on it the less convinced I was that this is the case. Mississippi is similar in culture to Louisiana, and they are handling matters more in the way one would expect.

No, Yankee and Southern cultures are not being compared in this. I think predominance of moral premises is being compared… in the constituents of the two cities and in the government players.

The balance of very different moral views of life is not a static matter, nor is it geographical. I wonder if we are not growing as a nation towards the warehousing of our poor and disenfranchised, giving them just enough to keep them docile, pacifying the clamor, but not doing anything substantial to remedy their problems. Not because nothing can be done, but because they are locked into a mindset that they will be taken care of. A mindset that is cultivated and fed by listening to leaders whose sole interest in them is to foment a self-pitying rhetoric; which then is used to further expand false, but money-magnetic causes.

Causes which never seem to address the real problems at hand.

Does our nation have the heart to hear truth? Does it have the gumption to stand up to vapid political complacency? Or will it stay mired in the stinking mud of vicious partisan camps?

If you blame the president for a hurricanes damage, or emergency services for a lack of local leadership… you are among the deluded, self serving, politically partisan demagogues.

If you play into the rhetoric of racial division and mistrust because a hurricane hit a specific area, you are deliberately feeding your own prejudice.
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