I am sure that most of us can easily identify several things that we want to believe, but not because we know (or at least suspect) that they are not true. We would like to believe some of them because we would feel better about them. We want to believe some of them because we really want them to be true. But we generally do not believe that things we know (or suspect) are wrong, right? I'm not sure.
If you are familiar with the species street teaching popularized by Anthony MagnaboscoYou've undoubtedly come across the claim that most people are interested in believing more real things and less wrong things. It is an assertion that I would very much like to believe. To believe that it would help me to feel better about humanity, and I would very much like it to be true. Unfortunately, I'm not at all convinced that it's true. In fact, I suspect it is Not This is true for many religious believers when it comes to religious beliefs.
The most frustrating conversation I ever had with a religious believer was one that I have had several times with various religious believers. The common thread, and what makes it so frustrating, is that they are willing to put their personal feelings (ie the comfort they draw from them) above the truth when it comes to their religious beliefs. To her credit, many were very open about it.
I realize that what I believe may not be true, but I still believe it because I feel good when I do it.
This is the point at which it becomes clear that the continuation of the conversation makes little sense. I mean, what do you say? If someone is content to believe things that they acknowledge and that could be wrong just because they feel good about them, we come to the question of faith in such different ways that I'm not sure we'll ever have a common ground will find. It does not seem that these religious believers are willing to give their religious beliefs a real consideration as to whether they are true. Even if this were the case, they are unlikely to change their beliefs as long as they do creates positive feelings,
This problem is not that I have trouble understanding why someone wants to feel comfortable. Who does not want to feel well? As I mentioned above, there are a lot of things that I want to believe because it would probably make me feel good to do so. However, I can not do that if I suspect they are wrong. Although I sometimes wish I could do it, I did not figure out how to do it. Likewise, there are all sorts of things that I would have really liked to be true. It would be great to think that at least some of them are true. But again, I have not figured out how to believe that, assuming they're wrong.
What do you think of the claim that most people are interested in maximizing their true beliefs and minimizing their false beliefs? Does this apply to most people? Does that apply to most believers?
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