Belief - A Parasitical Non-Physical Lifeform?
Thesis: 'Beliefs' are autonomous, parasitic, non-material lifeforms.
They have volition, self awareness - i.e. they are fully sentient, and intelligent, and are driven by self-preservation instinct like material lifeforms. They feed, reproduce, and adapt.
What are beliefs? Do they do you any good?
I ask this because, I have observed that the one thing that makes people unable to accept new information, is their pre-existing beliefs, and that these beliefs trigger strong emotional-responses in those who hold them (i.e. myself). Beliefs aren't just thoughts, they are thought-emotions...
Do beliefs make you stupid? They certainly make you less open-minded.
It Ain’t What You Don’t Know That Gets You Into Trouble. It’s What You Know for Sure That Just Ain’t So
believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so:
Beliefs are also ideas, and a group of related ideas is an ideology.
ideology : a collection of normative (moral) beliefs and values that an individual or group holds for other than purely epistemic (knowledge) reasons. In other words, these rely on basic assumptions about reality that may or may not have any factual basis.
ideology: the body of doctrine, myth, belief, etc., that guides an individual, social movement, institution, class, or large group.
Ideologies (materialism, capitalism, scientism etc. etc.) rule the world... So what are they?
Richard Dawkin's 'Meme'...
meme: is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.
In Richard Dawkin's meme theory, he describes memes/ideas as almost having a life of their own. They can replicate - i.e. be transmitted between people. They can live in the minds of many people unchanged for generations. They can evolve and change to fit different environments. I don't think he would attribute volition to them though.
The meme is essentially the old idea of the 'egregore' in a biological context, and it is autonomous. It's described as a symbiotic relationship, not parasitic.
egregore: (also egregor) is an occult concept representing a "thoughtform" or "collective group mind", an autonomous psychic entity made up of, and influencing, the thoughts of a group of people. The symbiotic relationship between an egregore and its group has been compared to the more recent, non-occult concepts of the corporation (as a legal entity) and the meme.
Are Beliefs Necessary?
Certainly beliefs are essential for children. They haven't had the chance to experience things themselves, so they must believe their parents for survival purposes, until they've had time to experience those things and know them first-hand... But I'd argue that holding onto beliefs into adulthood could be unnatural for humans...
Adults are supposed to activate their reasoning, and know things. Beliefs should fall away like baby-teeth and be replaced with knowledge - adult teeth. Knowledge allows you to break the world into managable chunks, like teeth.
Belief is Yin, knowledge is Yang. So belief is the mind of the child, and knowledge is the mind of the parent.
Parasites often control the minds of their hosts. A few examples: The 'horsehair' worm causes grasshoppers to drown themselves. 'Sacculina' is a type of barnacle that transgenders male crabs & makes them dance like females. Many humans have toxoplasmosis, a brain parasite which is known to cause risky-behaviour & motorbike accidents.
Ideas have a profound control over the behaviour of the people who host them. For the sake of an ideology, there is nothing that people will not do to further that ideology. One could argue that people are essentially puppets to ideologies, and ideologies drive the whole world.
People who have ideologies like nothing better than to talk about them, and try to get other people to take on their ideas. Sometime they will force other people to adopt them, e.g. the 'Inquisition', or modern-day 'hate-speech' laws.
Are they being driven by those ideologies to do this, by the will of the ideology itself? Does the belief somehow control the human brain's reward-centers to give a dopamine rush when expressing it? Is the human being driven like a bike by the ideology itself?
It does look like there's a case to be made that ideas are some type of lifeform, it's just one that lives in minds, instead of matter... It's a creature made of thoughts.
Beliefs are not just intellectual ideas, they also hook strongly into our emotions. One belief can be linked to many different emotions, which can be triggered by the ideology in different situations.
For example, the belief that you are a: "good person" is linked to pride. It makes one feel good to think this. But it's also linked to:
Jealousy / Self-Hatred - If you see someone who you perceive is better than you.
Anger / Shame - If someone says or implies you did something bad, and you're not actually that good.
The ideology of 'goodness' includes beliefs like: "I'm clever", "It's not my fault.", "I don't need to change, everyone else does.", and "If only everyone was like me, the world would be paradise.". This is very common. We could call it the 'Lucifer delusion'.
E.g. Socialism / Communism is a particular form of this ideology...
- "The poor people are being oppressed by the rich, so we should take from the rich and give to the poor."
- "Care for the poor / oppressed is compassionate." + "Socialists care for the poor" = "Being a socialist makes me compassionate."
- It's "Virtue Signalling", and it appeals to Pride / Self-Satisfaction.
- It's "I'm clever, because I've seen the light of (Socialism), and I am therefore also a good & compassionate person."
- "If everyone was like me, the world would be a (socialist) paradise." - Ideologies are often supremacist.
So we accept ideologies into ourselves, and they become an integral part of us: How we view the world & how we behave is determined by them.
For a person to break out of this ideology may be very difficult, like quitting heroin. They have to realise that their pride in themselves for "seeing the light of socialism" was misplaced, and give up the dopamine hits it provides.
This is psychologically equivalent to bereavement or betrayal, like the loss of a mentor of a good friend. If the ideology goes, it leaves a big gap and it may well cause depression for a while.
Intellectually, they have to see through the facade, to the intrinsic self-contradictions it contains. They have to be able to imagine a better system. But what really stands in the way is their emotions, not the thoughts.
Emotions are the Water / Action / Power level of the Four Elements. Emotions carry a lot of weight, and they slosh-around, just like water. Thoughts are Air, light and easy to direct & change. Thoughts are much easier to change than emotions, which is why we have to tame our emotions in order to change our minds.
Ideologies are Like Demons
So, beliefs / ideas / ideologies:
- Are spirits. Not made of matter.
- Have a kind of life of their own, but only in the minds of people, hence parasitic.
- Have no power of their own, and must be enabled (invited in) by people. Like vampires.
- Can spread from person to person by speech, or writing.
- Utterly control people's behaviour, often harming them & others.
- Divide people, and cause conflicts between them. (E.g. American families divided over Trump)
- Are fed by (become stronger with) people's attention.
- Are strongly connected to your emotions, and trigger them to prevent the person taking on any contradictory ideas which might compete for it's resources.
That sounds like a thing that could be described as a Psychic-Parasite... It's also a fairly close description of "demonic possession", don't you think?
Are Ideologies Actually Competing Demons?
Our planet is being run by warring tapeworms?
So perhaps this is what demons, or vampires, really are... Ideologies.
They are like demonic-gods controlling millions of people, dividing them, making them fight & kill each other, all presumably for the sake of psychic real-estate: Minds the demons can occupy...
You have to invite them in, then they send their tentacles deep into brain & body, controlling your emotions, making you their puppet, using you to spread them around as if you had fleas, all while feeding from your attention, blinding you to your real environment, and preventing you from ever learning anything that might threaten their home & food source.
Then the world looks very much like a stage, with countless players acting out the commands of a smaller number of controlling demons / ideologies. People acting as the wind-up toys of living autonomous spirit-beings, which span a billion minds...
If this is true, then beliefs are psychic-parasites that deliberately control you for their own benefit... They are parasites like the liver-fluke which leads slugs and snails to an early death so it can get on in life.
If you're not prepared to review and reject all of your beliefs, then you will inevitably be providing a physical body to be abused by them, and if they're demons, they're not here to be nice to you, they're here to teach you a lesson.
The Only Way To Win Is, Refuse To Play
Beliefs aren't necessary. You can get rid of all of them, and that is probably the one and only path to enlightenment.
Spiritual hygeine is the thing that's missing in this stinky world. Ridding yourself of all your dirty, stupid, egocentric beliefs, is essential if you don't want to stink as a person, or be like a psychic flea-bag spreading misery wherever you go.
Drop all your beliefs and ideologies as if they were lice, or ticks crawling all over you and sucking your blood, because thats what they're like.
To get closer to God, you just have to drop all the clutter in your mind, all the things you've been told, that you think you know. It's infinitely better to admit you don't know something, than to pretend you do.
You don't need beliefs. You just have things you know, things you heard, and things you don't know.
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