To understand what my beliefs are, I must first understand what informs my beliefs. To do this I must define what my principles are
Principles vs Beliefs
When starting this section I first though principles were simply firmly held beliefs. Though looking further into it I have found that I was wrong. Where I belief a is
Belief: Concepts or ideas that one accepts as true in order to understand and/or impose will on the world.
I found the definition to be following
Principle: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
or as I would describe as: ‘Principle – The foundation which informs the formation of belief. A belief that is fundamental to ones identity.’
To identify and put into words every belief is an impossible task. some principles are so engrained I don’t believe I will understand how impactful it is to me. With that said, I will try to articulate the more shallow and identifiable principles I have:
- Every conscious action is made because the actor believes it is the right action.
- Free will is an illusion, but because the future is unknown, I choose to believe in free will
- If things (the present) could be different, they would be.
- This existence is the only one I expect to know
- Do not do unto others as you would have them not do unto you
- If I wish to help, I must first make sure my help is better than inaction.
- My identity is determined by both environment and genetics.
- Selfish actions are okay, but I must understand helping others is the most efficient way to help myself
These principles are broad statements that each deserve pages of further definition and articulation. I upon further analysis I believe that I may find these statements are better defined as beliefs, not principles.
Thank you for reading.