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How To Change Your Beliefs
July 14, 2008, 12:47 pm
Filed under: Philosophy | Tags: , , ,

It seems that you cannot simply decide to believe something out the blue.  In order to believe it you must be convinced of it (at least to some degree).  

On the other hand, you can decide to attempt to convince yourself of something.  You can also decide to step out and act on something you only believe to a degree.  

One way of convincing yourself of something is to increase your familiarity with it.  Another way is to engage in practices that presuppose the truth of which you want to convince yourself.  

Suppose you aren’t sure whether you love your wife.  Do you believe you love your wife, or do you believe your love has run cold?  

You can convince yourself that you love your wife by engaging in loving practices.  After engaging in these practices for while, you’ll probably find yourself convinced that you love her.  So, in a sense, you decided to believe you love her.

So the key (or more modestly, a key) to changing your beliefs is to change your practices.

The weird thing is that your practices are governed (at least in part) by your beliefs.  


One way to look at life is to see it as a continuous dance of beliefs leading to practices and practices leading to beliefs.  

So which came first, the chicken or the egg?  

That’s really a useless question, isn’t it?  

A human life is always a matter of beliefs leading to practices and practices leading to beliefs.  Only a fool thinks he can transcend this dance, right?  We’re in the thick of it, and can’t be otherwise, right?


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