Develop your own beliefs–not ones that have been instilled in you since the day you were born; those beliefs may not be who you are today. Break free from old beliefs and search for what feels ‘right’ and ‘good’ to you today.
“Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless.”
-B. F. Skinner
Growing up, we tend to believe and take on our parents, teachers, peers, neighbors, and our community’s beliefs… It is not too late to question everything that crosses your path, especially if something does not ‘sit’ well with you…. Be curious, explore and be open to learning outside of your current beliefs—this may lead you to a whole new understanding, perspective and a world that may resonate with you more than you could have possibly known… Keep on asking questions: Why? How? When? Where? What? Who? Search and find for YOUR truth.
“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”
…And just because you hear or read something does not necessarily make it true; even in school, online articles, books, magazines, TV, media, news, and so on. Just because someone else’s truth may be true to them, does not mean it is true for you.
“Seek truth, at all costs. Never accept truth from authority, tradition or revelation. Seek it on your own accord and through evidence. If you cannot defend a position or belief; relinquish it.”
Let’s also teach our children of today to ask questions and how to critically think. When children ask questions, what we can do is be as open and honest as possible and if you are not sure of the answer, help the child learn how to keep digging for what they are looking for. We can also learn from our children by listening to their bright ideas and what they have to say. As adults, we tend to loose our “kid curiosities”… when we really listen to youngsters; they have so much to offer to this world and so much they can teach us about ourselves. Let’s be open to exploring with them–life is a life-long learning journey, let’s explore together.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”