Belief is assumed truthApril 10 2012 at 4:53 PM
Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to I must admit, Iím happy enough with
Belief is something that is assumed to be true without definitive proof, usually based on the individual's personal experiences. I don't know that belief has anything to do with guessing, or picking a preference, although that might be the case in some instances.
I'm going to buy a lottery ticket on the way home from work. I will guess at the numbers, and I would definitely prefer to win. Do I believe my numbers will be the right ones? Based on my knowledge of the odds, and my personal experience of not winning, nope I do not believe I will win. But I know absolutely I will not win if I do not buy a ticket =)
If I tell you I am wearing a brown sweater and blue jeans right now, you may believe its true or not. You may say to yourself, oh Kate always lies, that can't be true. Or you may say, that sounds reasonable, why would Kate make that up? And thus believe it is true. Now, if you knew me personally, knew that on my current job I am allowed to wear jeans, knew that I prefer to wear jeans when I can and even sometimes wear them to church, and had seen that yes, I do own a brown sweater and you have seen me wear it on occasion, then each of those pieces of information would make you more likely to believe - although you would still have no absolute proof. I could be wearing a beaded evening gown, silver sandals, and a tiara. I could be wearing a chicken costume, a nurse's uniform, a tuxedo, or a hula skirt.
But I'm really wearing blue jeans and a brown sweater. And a black hoodie sweatshirt (it's cold in my office), and brown leather clogs. And I don't carry a regular purse, I have a black corduroy backpack with brightly colored peace signs all over it. Not exactly businesslike fashion, but all my friends know it suits my personality.
Now, do you believe what I've told you is true, with no evidence or proof? Does it feel true? I don't think you'd be guessing or have a preference one way or the other.