I am having a hard look at the idea of being forced to believe something. Being “made to believe”. More and more that I work with having accepted and allowed and chosen personally for me that it is “better to have no beliefs except for that belief and the belief that I have no beliefs” the more and more I am noticing how many ideas and concepts and ways of living that are “out there” in the world are being pushed “into my world”. And the more and more I notice in communicating and connecting with others how often it seems I am not really communicating with the person but rather with a set of programming related to a set of beliefs and values that the person did not necessarily choose consciously.
One example that I keep noticing is the concept in advertising and therefore in people’s minds about “scientific proof”. When I went to university what I took away was the understanding that science was about experimenting in a way that the experimenter would present their findings as evidence to a group of their peers through publication. And that those findings could be looked at, evaluated, shared. This seems like a healthy creative process. And when the experimental report was written it was necessary to include a “conclusion” that the experimenter was formulating as their observation and opinion and interpretation of the evidence. And the report had to include the methodology by which the evidence was gathered.