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If you think you want the truth I ask you,
is your pursuit of truth of such importance to you that you would be willing to part with your beliefs to get to it?
Or are you one of the common minds, fighting for your belief at all costs?
It's totally understandable to prefer your personal prejudice over a quest for truth that may lead to contradictions to what you think you already know.
Personal beliefs are very personal. 

It's a passion of mine to challenge my beliefs and escape from old paradigms, but my mind works like any other. When I come to believe something, I want to validate it, defend it, and crush opposing views. It can take me a little while to shift into that releasing mode and start entertaining other models for truth.
I find it's really hard to see truth in obscure models such as a different religious idea, by trying to piece it inside your own model. 
By setting your model aside and giving a school of thought a model of its own, you can see how it's companion ideas fit together within its own context.
One person says there is no good or evil, another says of course there is good and evil. They are two ideas in two different models. You can't judge ideas like these until you see them inside their context.

So you have a certain mega belief, held together by a powerful web of sub beliefs, but one by one, it slowly gets dismantled. Eventually you start to listen to those opposing views and arguments as to why the beliefs that you held on to so dearly before, are false. You can hear the logic. Slowly you become deprogrammed. 
Once you deprogram, the chances of you going back to what you believed before is unlikely. 
In the past my mind was changed about something or someone. 

Will I go back to what I believed before?   Probably not, since months or even years of investigation and scrutiny were invested to get me to change it in the first place. The web was shattered. "The dream is over" as John Lennon wrote.

It's time to awaken in time for a new dream.
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footinadream Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I've noticed the same with my own tendencies. I'm usually better off discussing a topic that is old news to me, after I've digested it and have had some distance from it. I usually get really hyped up about new things, and then that hype dies down as I get some perspective. the "models" idea is really true, sometimes when I get sucked into a philosophical argument it find that we are essentially talking about the same things, from different perspectives, but since the imagery, associations, and interconnections are so different, they seem like a totally different things. 
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In astronomy the way they used to study the heavens was from a geocentric perspective. Earth is the centre. There are still uses for that approach, like charting the constellations, but for other purposes, navigating a spacecraft to another planet for example, you would go with the heliocentric model where the sun is the centre of the solar system. Making calculations are going to be way different dependent on which model you are coming from, and I think this is just one of many examples where your position determines perspective.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe it's not my business, but does this mean you're not a Christian any more?
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't identify as a Christian.  I try not to believe, and just either know or don't know, remain interested in Christian topics, respectful of those who choose to believe. 
I've contemplated sharing why I'm no longer a Christian, but some might perceive it as an attack on something that is really dear to them, but what I'll say is this. I left my previous notion of God for an experience of a God that transcends my notions.
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's fascinating. Well... I'm a fan of your work and wish you well. God bless :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. In scoping out your art, I can see you have really been dialling in your drawing. 
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm doing my best. :thanks:
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AngeInk Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You've uncovered and brought to light a lot of truth in this.

Truth is never the easy path; it is always the only path to satisfaction. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the bottom line is we believe what we believe because we think it is true. Not because we prefer our beliefs to what we actually know to be true. 
Another thing you see out there is people trying to force their beliefs on others and it never works.  A person will not change their minds regarding their personal beliefs because their is a sword at their throat. They will hang on to it that much tighter.  The individual arrives at their own conclusions on their own terms.
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AngeInk Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good points.

Even when we are believing a lie, it is because that lie is disguised as something we believe is truth. No fool believes a lie knowing it's a lie.

And no, if you believe something to be truth, you can't be swayed. If you can be swayed on any point, you may not have realized it, but you weren't firmly rooted in the belief that it was, in fact true. :)
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is a speaker named Diane Benscoter on Ted talks that got involved in a cult at a young age. Someone eventually intervened and helped her get out of it. She eventually got involved with a group that kidnapped young people like herself who had gotten snapped up in a cult. 
By isolating them, they would go to work and help deprogram them. What I find fascinating is how belief systems can be contagious. Certain environments can reinforce beliefs that you would normally see are whacky.  She got in a bit of trouble even though her intentions were good, so she stopped working as a deprogrammer. Today she shares her insight into how cults retire the brain.
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AngeInk Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. However, to be susceptible to brainwashing, the 'victim' has to find something appealing in what they're being told. There has to be some willingness there, a need to believe something different from the 'norm.' Brainwashing is another term for 'convincing.'  Convince me what you say is in my best interest, and I'll probably go with you, right? If I can't be convinced, well, you failed ;)

To deprogram someone, you just re-convince them that what they were convinced of is harmful.

Yes, certain environments can certainly aid in the cult's success rates... as with everything. Retailers do it all the time. Make what you're selling appeal, make the atmosphere conducive and appealing, and you'll sell more widgets. Plant the seed in my mind that I want a fresh pretzel, and when I happen upon your cart, well, I'm probably gonna shell out for a fresh pretzel.

As firm as we all like to think we are in our beliefs, the brain is a malleable thing. And if it's not, you have a person who is hard-hearted and stuck in their ways, and in my personal experience, generally unhappy.
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A key question for me is, do we really determine what we believe, or is our belief the byproduct of what information was presented to us and how it was presented to us?
Ever see the movie inception? The whole idea was to plant a thought and make the recipient believe it was there own, so they went in through dreams. 
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AngeInk Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've answered that question for myself, but it isn't a popular opinion ;)

I did see that movie.
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