This article deals with the question of the fundamental beliefs that describe how we view the world around us. So, some of the top-level categories of beliefs are: Religious, Political, Scientific, Gender-Roles and Economics. Lets consider Religious beliefs: Most people have religious beliefs that directly contradict those of most (70%?) of the rest of the world. Therefore (assuming that contradictions cannot exist in what is true), at least 70% of the world’s people are wrong about religious beliefs. The same goes for political beliefs, scientific beliefs, beliefs about the proper roles of men and women and, of course, beliefs about economics.
This matter of our “beliefs about economics” is what we want to focus on. There are a couple of ways to look at this. One way has to do with value. In the stock market, everybody wants to make money, so they invest in whatever they believe has the lowest price, but the highest value. Those whose beliefs turn out to have been correct make money, and those whose beliefs turn out to have been wrong loose money.
Another type of economic belief has to do with the worthwhile-ness of investing our time and energy in education (and which specific field of education.) Another is the belief about the worthwhile-ness of looking for a job (given what a person believes to be the overall positivity or negativity of the environment.) And then there is the belief about the worthwhile-ness of putting in a full-days effort once a job has been lined up.
A wide divergence in economic beliefs
As we saw in the case of the religious, political and scientific fields, the beliefs that people hold to be universal truths are (roughly) 70% provably wrong. (At least in the sense that they contradict one another, and we are assuming here that two contradictory universal beliefs cannot both be correct.) For example, lets take the case of one of the most commonly held religious beliefs, about Hell. Either the majority of people are going to be eternally tormented in the flames of Hell – or they are not. Its hard to see how Hell could both exist and not exist.
Similarly, there are also wide contradictions in the beliefs held regarding the universal economic truths about the worthwhile-ness of Working, Looking for work, and Studying to improve job skills. (And these wide contradictions in beliefs exist even after you factor in the specifics of any one person’s or region’s economic profile.)
We all just happened to be right … about everything
One universal fallacy that pretty much everyone holds (hence it is universal) is that “I am generally correct about my fundamental beliefs and those who disagree with me are generally incorrect.” But of course that is absurd. We cannot all, simultaneously have the privilege to be standing upon the great Mountain of Truth, when we generally strongly disagree with one another.
The only logical conclusion that the “average” person (there is no such person, by the way) can rationally draw is that, he, (the average person) is most likely wrong about (at least 70%) (or some other large number which directly correlates to the degree of mutually-exclusive belief camps) of his fundamental beliefs.
The nice thing about this, is that, by recognizing this mathematical truth, we will be more willing and able to critically re-examine our cherished core beliefs.
A disease of the belief system?
Here at Get Help Get Active, we believe that a Mind-Based Habit of Low Self-Exertion (MBH-LSE) is sometimes caused by false beliefs about the worthwhile-ness of Working, and Looking for work, and Studying to improve one’s job skills. Now, if, indeed, we can confidently be suspicious of our beliefs, (70% of the time, on average), then we will be in a much better spot to be able to change our beliefs.
So what about you? What are your beliefs about the worthwhile-ness of Working, and Looking for work, and Studying to improve your job-skills? In your own opinion, is it possible that you suffering from MBH-LSE? Is there a part of you that suspects that some of your core beliefs may be wrong? If so, then please consider taking advantage of the 100% free help that is available. Get help and get active!