Our actions are based upon our beliefs, both ordinary/everyday and religious beliefs. We move to sit in a chair onÂ theÂ belief that it will support our weight. We get married with a belief that our spouse will fulfill some expectations (which, in turn are potent beliefs). PeopleÂ killÂ andÂ are killedÂ over beliefs.Â Presupposition can lead to great suffering. So, what we believe is important.
But why should we talk about our beliefs?
I donâ€™t have the answer. An easier question would be: â€œWhat do we gain from such discussions?â€ We connect with others who share our views and pass on our â€œwisdom,â€ but I assert that we mostly try to reassure ourselves that our beliefs are valid and represent the â€œTruth.â€ If you can sway another person to adopt your belief, it must be correct. Right?
I have noticed a few times when I have stated some belief that the reaction from the listener was not beneficial to our relationship. I am sure I have reacted similarly. While I am practicing staying consciously engaged, I donâ€™t yet have the insight to always know when it is appropriate to engage in such discourse. Perhaps less (or none) is wiser.