Question 5 – Would I want to know if something I currently believe is not true?

This is a very serious question, which demands personal reflection.

I have asked this question on occasion to others and I usually get a very quick response.

Of course, I would want to know.

The majority of people are honest and recognize that a negative response to this question implies they are willing to indulge in willful ignorance. That response just doesn’t feel good to a person to have to admit to oneself that you would rather live a comfortable lie than live with an uncomfortable truth (i.e., I have been wrong my entire life).

However, the follow-up question is a little more indicting.

What have you done to challenge whether or not your beliefs are true?

The honest reply for many usually goes back to a history of avoidance and confirmation bias.  Which we have already discussed is a road of hope as opposed to a road of honesty and truth seeking.

The majority of people say they would want to know the truth.

BUT.

When confronted with difficult issues and questions and doubts, they avoid them. They seek only evidence that supports their preexisting ideas.

Getting to the other side of cognitive dissonance isn’t for sissies.

It is painful.

It can be destructive.

But, it is the only honest pathway.

If you are not willing to put your most cherished beliefs on the altar of truth, you cannot and will not ever be sure that they are in deed true.

The best you can have is hope.

And if you are lucky, maybe your beliefs are true.

But until you can examine all evidence fairly and honestly, you can never truly be sure. You can never truly stand to bear an honest testimony that you “know” something is true.

At best you can say you hope and believe. Or you can say you trust.

But an unexamined faith is only your personal hope and wish, at best.

Would you want to know if something you currently believe is not true?

Each one of us can only answer this question for ourselves if we really do.

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