Intro 3- Belief and Identity

We all have identities and beliefs about ourselves and others.  These identities and beliefs permeate our lives on a level that most of us are unaware.  We use the identities and beliefs in such way, though, to address two needs. We want to be a part of something beyond ourselves, as we long for a sense of community.  At the same time, we want to be separate and unique. Our identities, for ourselves and others, are designed to address both of these aspects.  To be human is to deal with these seemingly discordant needs.    

This is the path of what it is to be human.  At the most basic of levels, we are all crafted from the same materials and driven by the same signals, yet, expressed in a strikingly unique pattern singular to each of us.  Our identities and beliefs have not created our uniqueness, as the human potential is much too broad to be so defined.   

If you were to give up your identities and beliefs about you, how would this change how you understand yourself?

If you were to give up the identities and beliefs you hold about others, how would this change how you understand them?   

Intro 2- Belief and Identity

Clarity about the beliefs and identities we carry within our lives is needed, as these identities, and the beliefs associated, permeate all aspects of our lives. 

With a single identity (whatever that may be), we believe we know everything about a particular person or group of people.  We think we know how they are physically, how they relate to others, how their sense of self is derived, how they love and so on.  The same occurs within ourselves.  The identities we have, or are given to us, can begin to define all aspects of our lives.  The power of being a human being, a unique individual, is thrown out the window with these simplistic associations.

Think about one identity and belief you have about yourself.  What part of your life is not affected by this identity and its associated beliefs?

Think about one identity and belief you have about a particular person or group of people.  What part of your understanding of this particular person or group of people is untouched by this identity and its associated beliefs?