How do you decide who you believe? Some of this may have to do with the way that you were raised, your parents or grandparents beliefs, or what you have read in books. Perhaps it is something you have seen on the news,heard from friends, read on social media, or while reading a favorite magazine.
As we discussed in a previous post, it’s important to know the difference between fact and fiction. People do have reasons they write what they do, create the movies they create, and put an idea out there.
We live in a free society in the United States that allows you to think and say whatever you think is right and you can even tell your opinion when your view is not popular with others.
Anyone not allowing you to express your views is guilty of disallowing your First Amendment rights which involve a right of free speech,
Every American citizen has a right to express their opinion about anything at all. They also have a right to have political beliefs or religious beliefs as long as they don’t force these beliefs on others.
So how do you decide who you believe within the context of the academic classroom or just in a social situation? You can get into conflicts with friends sometimes when you ask them where they got their information. Sometimes, they are insulted because they think you don’t think they are very smart or that they are not able to discern between right and wrong or truth and fiction.
But you have a right to ask if they are telling things that you know are not accurate. Good friends understand and they let you be yourself and explore ideas as they are doing as well.
Our belief system (according to psychologists) is based on a number of things. Below are some of the most common reasons that tell how we form our beliefs.
- morals and values of our parents or grandparents
- personal experiences
- political or religious views
- social or societal ideas
- why in which we develop logical arguments
- opinions of good friends
- information obtained from social media or media outlets
Think about each of these things individually including how you develop your morals and values. It’s a good thing to have good morals and values, no matter what standard you have used to develop these. Most of the time people in America adhere to the Judeo-Christian values that are found in the Bible. Some do not believe in the Bible and instead use other means to decide what is right and wrong.
Regardless, chances are your parents taught you some form of morality and ethics based on their beliefs that their parents taught them. It is fine to question your beliefs but always speak with your parents and trusted-friends as well as others when you are trying to make sense of your own personal views.
Personal experiences also shape our view of the world. If we have had a positive experience with something, we tend to view it more positively then if we have had a negative experience. Regarding careers, for example, some entrepreneurs say that they had a bad experience working for someone else so they decided to start their own business.
Perhaps, they got laid off or fired so they are not wanting to go back into an employment position where they feel that the boss treats them like a slave. It’s may or may not be true, but it is what they think and this is what inspires them to start their own business.
What motivates you?
Political or religious beliefs also encourage us to think about the values we were raised to believe. Look at the other factors that I listed and think about whether you think these things might be influencing your viewpoint.
Keep in mind we’re not saying this is either good or bad, but we’re simply stating that these are the standards that people often use to decide what they believe or who they believe.
Your college professors deserve respect due to their degrees and level of intelligence but this does not mean you have to agree with everything they say. Most college faculty want people to have their own views and do not care if you express that view even if it differs with their own.
Why are we talking about someone’s belief systems? Oftentimes, what you believe about yourself and the world will greatly determine your success.
If you have a healthy idea of yourself and others, you’re more likely to be easy to work with and to cooperate with others on projects as well as to respect the differences among us. You may have a better sense of the value of others and ethics in business.
A Culture Onto Ourselves
Whether you major in FinTech or start a daycare, wear fancy suits or shorts and a T-shirt, everyone deserves respect.
What you believe is very important because it determines your sense of reality and the goals that you will set for yourself. College is a time to reflect on what you really believe and why. Always be able to answer the “why” especially when you are thinking about things that are important and can make a lasting impact on your life.
Choose what you will do for a career and all of the important decisions based on your value system. Do what is right according to this moral compass. Always strive to learn more, do more, and be more.
Don’t listen to friends if they advise you wrongly or give an opinion you know is not right. Instead, try to inform them and show what you know to help them, too.
Go with truth and kindness and it will never let you down.