This post is a follow-up to the previous post, which is a reprinting of Pema Chodron’s work.
When it comes to any non-materialist view of reality (i.e., religion, non-religion, spirituality, etc.), it doesn’t matter what other people believe. It only matters what you believe.
These matters of belief are deeply personal, and carry potential for a lot of contention between people (and nations), since conflicting viewpoint can appear to undermine our own belief, i.e., everything we know what it means to be human in this world. But if we make other people wrong, we are making ourselves wrong. Everyone has the right to make meaning how they see fit, and what’s right for one person, may not be right for someone else. Like us, meaning and belief are ours individually, and that’s what makes them inherently relative. Any personal belief which doesn’t first recognize the relative nature of belief and, by extension the inherent value of differing beliefs, only serves to undermine and discount the beauty and greatness which is possible within an infinite vastness of possibilities. Continue reading “No Such Thing as A True Story (PART 2): All Beliefs Are Valid” »