The cycle between belief and identity and self and others is a continuous one. We identify each other and ourselves in a myriad of ways, and then we enact an entire system of behaviors, thoughts, and actions based on the beliefs associated with these identities. So engrossed are we in these identities and their associated beliefs, we do not even stop to note how they are linked, nor do we reflect on whether or not any truth is apparent in these associations.
What are some identities you have created for yourself or others have assigned to you? How many beliefs are associated with each of these identities?
Now, choose a person or a group of people and list one identity associated with this person or group. Next list all the beliefs associated with this identity.
How much truth exists in the association between these beliefs and identities? How do you know?