Reason vs cause

Beliefs are the undercurrent that drives actions.

The late-night studies for the university, the investments for an early retirement, the exercises we do for our health, our political stances or the roles of a romantic relationship.

We have good reasons why we are doing the things we do.

But what if those reasons that come to our mind so easily are not the cause of our beliefs? Those rational and irrefutable arguments are not how we decide in the first place.

The way that the mind works, very frequently, is that we start from a decision, or we start from a belief, and then the stories that explain it come to our mind.

And worse, our belief is sold to us because of someone’s agenda, not what we wanted in the first place.

The way to test if those beliefs hold water is by inquiry. Two good questions to start:

1.Why? Why is that? Why? And why is that? Why? (x5)

2.What would I need to see to change my mind?

I hope you’ll be surprised by how hard it is to answer those questions. And how easy life would be after shedding ideas that are not yours in the first place.

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