exchanging the mind
hey, i was just thinking about children all over the world that are raised indoctrinated into a certain belief system, whether it be religion, or social stereotypes. for example, i work with children who were sexually abused at a young age, now, as i've learned more and worked more with the kids, all of these kids see adults as perpetrators, and the job that i have is to teach them the best ways to discern if someone is trustworthy or not, the oldest people i work with are 17, these older kids who have been institutionalized for up to 6 years of their life and have been from group home to group home over and over again are constantly taught and shown that not all adults are abusive, as much as these kids are told/shown the truth, and they get real life examples of that truth every day, they still never seem to trust any adult authority figure, some kids live as survivors of their trauma and recover, but most live in the mode of the victim. basically what i'm tryin to portray here is that if a child grows up living in a world that produces a particular belief system in the child that makes them judge things in the world thru their own lenses of their own experience, how strong does some facts have to be to turn that person's mind around, especially if the person feels that without a doubt..that they know the truth... i see this in all the good atheist/theist debates, i am on one side of those debates, but attempting to not look at either side, what does it take to really convince someone who is willing to debate the topic that they are wrong? to me, it definately takes love for the truth, and humility, as in being humble enough to admit that you're wrong, and not just saying it, but believing it, and being willing to let down any followers/ family members that are on your side, and conforming your beliefs to what is true, but if someone lives their life with a particular view, coming to believe a new view is basically the "reborn" experience many talk about in religion, but then it becomes a process, as more things relevant to your old lifestyle come about, you take your new lifestyle to find the best way to handle a situation. so with all that being said, what the hell should we do with our lives!
its really all too much for someone to figure out in a mere 60-100 years of life on earth, those were just some thoughts on my mind, i may add more if something comes up, i hope it atleast made a little bit of sense, i'm not used to writing out my thought process, so yeah! tell me what you think.