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WHY BELIEFS ARE SO HARD
Beliefs are directly associated with emotion. When someone
tries to tell people they have the wrong beliefs their feelings
are deeply hurt. All information not consistent with cherished
beliefs leads to feelings of discomfort and insecurity.
2. PSYCHOLOGICAL There is a psychological
principle called 'cathexis': a powerful psychological bonding
with a belief which evidence and logic often cannot penetrate.
3. BIOLOGY Beliefs have biological and
spiritual consequences. A particularly strong belief will
form neurological connections in the physical brain and
will encumber the spiritual brain, the mind.
4. ADDICTIVE CONDUCT Just as someone with
very high addiction to cigarettes finds it virtually impossible
to resist smoking, a person with embedded beliefs can find
reading about them very strongly addictive.
5. SELECTIVE MEMORY The mind can play tricks
on us by filtering out memories which don't match our beliefs.
We cherish those memories and repress other information
as if it never existed.
6. EARLY ENVIRONMENAL CONDITIONING This is a most
critical and powerful influence on on what beliefs we will
have. Sociologists claim that you can predict the behaviour
of a person if you know his/her place of birth, religion,
education and critical influences.
7. ATTITUDE TO EVIDENCE Those who accept
unreasonable beliefs have not been taught to value evidence.
They are not applying the objective-subjective test of validity.
What is really sad is that far too many people go into denial,
not wanting to change their beliefs once they cross over
into the afterlife. They needlessly find themselves in a
very limiting environment and resist opportunities for help