I read a post screaming with frustration. A “belief” of frustration towards those who “believe”. And the first comment below that post was another “belief”. A belief that “believers” don’t believe in global warming or evolution. A belief that is its own evidence for a belief that “believers” are bad for this planet and, therefore, that those believers who believe “believers” are bad for the planet are helpful to this planet.
I used to be a “believer” and then came to believe that “believers” were wrong.
And then came to believe that my beliefs were so fluid that what I believe was not the issue. What is, and was, the issue is simple kindness and love.
Beliefs ARE fluid … Beliefs DO change … Beliefs ARE an amalgam of fact, fiction and preference.
And for me global warming falls into “evidence”. Evolution the same. Plate-tectonics too. Along with the earth’s core being very hot “stuff”. Along with me being a lot of fluid and space! And these thoughts being a bunch of chemicals and electrical flow. Science stuff we call that. Separate from God stuff. I must choose which to believe I am told.
And we are back to belief.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 gets quoted a lot. I have quoted it a lot. Probably will in the future:
“Belief, belief and belief. But the greatest of these is belief.”
Can I love without faith in something greater than me? Can I love without hope in anything at all? Can those beliefs be “tested” … ? Like as in the “broken-hearted” … those “lost to love” … or when “I have nothing left to live for” … ?
A love belief so strong it can and does change me and those around me. Can “lift me up by my bootstraps” … can “begin a new chapter” … can “put it all behind me” … can “save me from myself”.
We swim in a sea of belief. We breathe and ingest belief. We take what works and expel the rest. Beliefs are organic and dynamic. They are our very lifeblood. And yet we (believe we) have evolved to become superior “land mammals”.
We left the sea and made our home on dry land. We walk on two legs. Think with dry humour. Have territory to fight over and defend. Greater resources to exploit. Different beliefs called evidence (so we think). We have evolved and become science and fact. We have left simplistic “belief” behind. And we now rule the land, sea and air. We are top of the evolutionary pile.
Which I find has a very “biblical ring” to it:
“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26
Evolution is something I believe. Global warming is something I believe. I have seen enough evidence to convince me to believe. I am a product of evolution. And our children’s children will be the recipients of global warming unless …
But one thing I believe above all else.
The evolution of love. An evolution of faith, hope and selflessness. That love is its own reward. That love is my lifeblood. Because I desire to swim in a sea of love. I desire to ingest love. I desire more and more “science” electrical impulses and chemical flows of love. I believe in love.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
As a mantra to live-by that works for me. After I evolved from “What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine” to … What is mine is ours, and what is ours is yours.
Because love connects. Love changes. Love uplifts. And because I have evidence (every day) that static “me me me” beliefs are NOT of evolution or science or even of God. They do not work for this planet and they do not work for me. Whereas …
But the greatest of these is love.
If I allow.