Thursday, August 26, 2010

I Believe

Lately I've been spending some time thinking about what I believe, what I want and, in general, who I am. I suppose I could attribute some of the impetus to being a father and wanting to ensure that I'm providing my daughter with all the best characteristics I have to offer, but it may just the by product of a questioning mind. Either way, I've decided to share some of my thoughts here as a simple clarification exercise.

I believe:

  1. In a higher power, a creator or something larger than any of us can comprehend.
  2. We all have a purpose in this world.
  3. Knowledge is the answer, not fear, doubt or shame.
  4. I don't have all the answers, but I'm not going to stop trying to.
  5. We each have the fundamental tools to accomplish whatever we choose, but learning how to use those tools is up to us, our families, our friends and our community.
  6. Saying "I don't know" is an acceptable answer, as long you follow it up "but I'd like to find out."
  7. Offering to help is easier than asking to help.
  8. Life begins when you're born and ends when you die.
  9. Religion should be about belief and politics should be about action, not the other way around.
  10. Idealism is not a dirty word.
I think that's enough for now, but I definitely plan on revisiting this list and revising it. I just needed to get some of the thoughts out on record and spend some time contemplating them before moving forward. In the meantime, what do you believe?

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