We are attention

Our thoughts are a product of we attend to in every moment.

Our memories are a product of what we think in every moment.

Our beliefs are a product of what we remember in every moment.

Our identity is a product of what we believe in every moment.

We are what we attend to. If we want to be different, we need to change what we pay attention to.

Are the epics real?

Most movies are far removed from reality. But that is entirely the point.

The surest means to ruin the experience of watching any movie is to hold it to a ruthless standard of reality. This is because movies cater foremost to our sense of emotion. And past a point, reason, logic and facts stamp out emotion.

The key to enjoying a good movie is to suspend the gnawing sense of disbelief at its plot and instead contemplate its underlying message.

In a similar vein, we do a disservice to our epics and our myths by questioning their historical accuracy, for they aren’t designed to be historically accurate, but to appeal to our imagination and inspire us into action through their underlying message.

A belief need not be true for it to serve us. Therefore, the more important question to ask of an epic is whether it serves us, rather than if it is true.

Science and belief

When you assert something to be scientific truth, you are required to bring proof to the table. Further, your results need to be reproducable by people who don’t believe in your theory.

When you state that you believe in something, you do not need to back it up by proof. Further, your results may only be available to those who share your belief.

We do science a disservice when we ask people to believe in it. Similary, we do belief a disservice by holding it to scientific standards.

Science and belief can co-exist in perfect harmony. The problem arises when we try to pass off one as the other.