This I Believe
I believe that it is okay to not have any strong beliefs. Everyone has such very different beliefs that it has come to the point where I don’t care. Why in the world does everyone feel the need to tell everyone exactly what he or she thinks about everything? What I think is, if you believe in something, you should actually do something about it.
I went to the Coffee Depot the other day and guess what I saw there? Thirty people blabbing about what they believe should happen. He should do that; she should do this, Obama stinks, and Obama rules on and on and on and on.
Let’s think about all bad human acts. What do they all have in common? They all happened because of beliefs. Racism is a belief, sexism is a belief, homophobia is a belief, anti-Semitism is a belief - and the list just keeps on going. Entire hate groups were formed out of beliefs. People are being killed as we speak because of beliefs. Even good beliefs are often started as a reaction to bad ones. No one would need to fight for equality if people didn’t believe in inequality. Maybe if everyone just stepped back for one second, they would realize that in the scheme of things, what they believe does not matter; it is what they do that matters.
Don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against people who believe strongly in their cause. It is just people who do nothing about their beliefs other than talk about them that really bother me.
I also think that it is okay to have regular beliefs and do nothing about them. For example, if you believe that a team is going to win a game, fine; that’s not the kind of belief I don’t like. I do, however, think it is okay to not strongly believe in anything. If everybody just dropped all of their opinions and looked at the problems of this world then it would be a lot easier to solve them and the world would be a better place.
This I believe.