Though I can appreciate your Perspective (how you read it), my intent was quite honest; to offer a long considered and rather unusual definition of the terms that we are using. It would seem intellectually honest to at least attempt to understand that definition before moving on.
Hi Nameless - this makes much more sense, as to your intent, than the original. This sort of sentiment I agree with.
The nature of a 'belief' is that it is accepted as Truth, and dealt with (defended...) as such.
We would have to disagree on this. They can be (and usually are), but don't have to be.
Beliefs are not 'intellectual' (rational/logical), other than that they are a malware/parasite/virus located in 'thought/ego'.
This has too many holes in it. Have you never considered:
- Scientific Theories?
- doctors diagnoses? (diagnosis is a statement of what they believe to be the case, because of x, y, z)
- people accused of murder by investigators?
- the similarities between the above, and many peoples well considered beliefs?
That so many engage in thoughtless beliefs, does not define what a belief is.
I think your analogy of thought virus' is useful to thoughtless acquisition of beliefs, as a subsection of how the human mind can
acquire and defend beliefs (without engaging in intellectual honesty), but not to the matter of belief as a whole.
Perhaps you are trying to redefine what a belief actually is, in order to make your beliefs less flawed.
If by 'viewpoint' you mean individual unique momentary Perspective, it is not possible for one to be 'flawed'.
Knowledge/experience is not doubted, and it is..
Define it as a viewpoint, a perspective, or however you want to...doing so usually activates the same issue I raised in my original post to you on the offering of differing definitions.
Knowledge/experience is not doubted, and it is.
The problem is:
- you aren't stating any knowledge
, but your beliefs; and
- your experience
is subject to your own interpretation. You may have experienced it, but you must have learnt by now how flawed our interpretations of our own experiences usually are.
"A person can see leprosy as necessary to moving..."
A HEALTHY life is infection free.
Can you not see how ironic your position is? You talk about how beliefs are a virus, about how it causes people to defend those beliefs without critical thinking....and come up with the nonsense in red as a comparison (and by extension, a defence).