Blog 2369 – 04.19.2022
When We Stop Growing
At what age do we stopping growing? Answer: When we stop challenging our beliefs. One of my favorite songs is: “No Matter What.” The song says, “No matter what they tell you, no matter what they do, no matter what they teach you, what you believe is true.” What we believe is indeed our truth. The classic definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.” The same is true of continuing to hold on to beliefs even if they no longer serve us.
The greatest discoveries come from thinking outside the box and what is that really, but challenging the conventional wisdom or beliefs. Religions of all stripes are quick to label any beliefs that do not conform to their particular dogma as heresy. Most of the big religions have been guilty especially when and where they were preeminent of perpetrating the “convert or die” religious outreach program.
George Orwell’s famous novel about totalitarianism, 1984, describes a world where the thought police, Big Brother, is always watching and goes to great lengths to re-educate those who depart from the party line. Continually challenging the party lines is the only way to make more perfect this fragile Union our founding fathers risked their lives and sacred honor a second time to institute. Barely four score and seven years later it was almost ripped asunder over a state’s right to keep a large segment of its people enslaved. No legitimate state ever had that right for to quote some of the noblest words ever written, “We are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The founding fathers knew the dangers that strong held beliefs held and so they proposed that this country should have no state sponsored religion and set guards in the new Constitution to prevent that from ever happening. They also knew that greed and power corrupt and absolutely so they set checks and balances to prevent any one individual or group from getting too much of either. Rich people fear most “the redistribution of wealth” and powerful people fear most “the vote,” and poor people fear most “a game rigged against them, where they have no hope of ever getting ahead.” It is the job of genuine and legitimate democratic government to keep the playing field level and to keep those in check who would fix the game in their favor.
When the Supreme Court of the land rules that a corporation has the same rights as an individual the playing field becomes tilted and when state legislatures pass laws to reverse federal laws regarding who can vote, marry, or make personal decisions regarding reproductive rights, the game is once again being fixed. Do those statements challenge your beliefs? They should. We should all continually challenge our beliefs especially the long held ones to make sure that they are still serving us, the duty of truth being to discard any belief that is no longer.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
No Matter What