Beliefs Versus Knowledge

by Russell Longcore

I wrote this article after watching a short video by Michael Rivero, Editor of Some of the words are his.

One should never believe anything. According to the dictionary, Belief is “the confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof.” Beliefs are an enslavement mechanism. When you are a small child they take you into Sunday School where they teach you to believe religious myths. They take you into schools where they teach you to believe in benevolent government myths. Just those two areas of myth…religion and government…form your world view and craft your presuppositions…the glasses you wear to look at the world. And from then on, the people in charge of maintaining those myths have you under their control. Because your personality grows up around those core beliefs, you become the thing you believe in…I AM a christian, I AM a Republican, I AM a Muslim. Your own identity becomes submerged beneath your belief systems. You are held in enslavement when you believe that the government is working for your benefit and with your interests in mind. You are a slave when organized religion of any stripe influences you to behave in any particular manner. Beliefs are the chains that hold free minds in slavery. No chain of iron ever held a human being tighter than the chains of their beliefs.

Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it.

Believe nothing just because a belief is generally and widely held.

Believe nothing just because it is written in ancient books.

Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin.

Believe nothing just because someone else believes it.

Prove your beliefs by you yourself testing and judging what is true. At that point, your beliefs become knowledge.

Knowledge is “awareness, consciousness, or understanding gained by experience or learning.”

Avoid beliefs. Free yourself from beliefs. Your beliefs are your worst enemies. True human freedom is found in knowledge, and knowledge begets wisdom.

© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.

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