to a god unknown

Here’s the thing. The truth? Useless. Facts, even more so. Reality? What the fuck is that?

There’s only this: what people believe.

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Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be. Men often become what they believe themselves to be.

Mahatma Gandhi

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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When you believe “I can do it,” the “how to do it” develops.

D. Schwartz

Generally the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories.

F. Cohen

Few really believe. The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.

J.L. Spalding

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    • pfiore8 on February 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm
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    and our bursts of brilliance, without balance, have done us in.

    because it’s all about the belief system, mother fuckers.

    • RiaD on February 23, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    is great.

    tremendous quotes.

    superb thoughts.

    if you haven’t yet, plz read Nation by Terry Pratchett. he gets it just as you do.

    it’s one of the best books i’ve ever read.

  1. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

    source

  2. Being a man is like being beautiful: you get credit without ever having applied yourself, and the details are usually worked out by somebody else.

  3. I don’t know — is this tantamount to repeating a lie over and over until the individual repeating it, believes it himself?  LOL!

    I like this one:

    When you believe “I can do it,” the “how to do it” develops.  D. Schwartz

    Beyond the “basics,” I suppose we homosapiens do create a “self” by our beliefs, interests, etc.  Having a “self” is definitely better than having sense of a “self.”  Those who love and worship money have usually lost whatever “self” they had, assuming they ever had one to begin with.

    I hope this is all clear as mud!  

    Cheers, pf8!

    Thank you!

  4. because it’s all about the belief system

    Never has a truer statement been made. Physical reality owes it’s very existence to the blended, combined belief systems of all beings involved. If enough people believe in pink whales, pink whales will start to be seen. BTW, I have already seen some that look down right lavender.

    Practical examples of the belief that belief systems can be melded and projected have been seen in sporting events for a long time: the impossible shot from the other end of the court, the hail mary pass, the nascar winner emerging from a cloud of smoke and car parts, all of the “miraculous” events reported on, ad nauseam. It can be said that these are all just “luck”, but what is luck other than energy, perhaps the mental energy of the fans,  focused in a direction which produces an effect which we see as the “miraculous shot”, that one in a million game winner.

    Maybe it is just that, the 1,000,000th shot.

    And just maybe physical reality is quantum play-dough, awaiting our mutual belief systems to become manifest as the reality which we all project, and then experience.

    Getting back to those pink whales, breaching way out on the horizon. They are part of my reality, as are many other off the wall, seemingly miraculous, blatantly fantastical solutions to the problems/lessons we all face, like tapping into the electrical field of the planet for energy, as Tesla was developing.

    I don’t think we have done ourselves in yet, but the lessons we are all facing individually and communally are massive and will require an equally massive belief in the ideals and mores that all of us seemingly share.

    From “Illusions; The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” By Richard Bach. Great book if any one hasn’t read it.

    The world is your exercise-book, the pages on which you do your sums.

    It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages.

    Also

    Imagine the universe beautiful and just and perfect.

    Then be sure of one thing:

    The Is has imagined it quite a bit better than you have.

    The original sin is to limit the Is.      Don’t.

    Be well

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