Uncertainty and Belief

We don’t know as much as we think we do. We are often mistaken and wrong and we need to rethink some of our beliefs a lot.

I’ve been reading and thinking a lot about uncertainty and correcting beliefs. But I also have been reading and thinking about commitment too. Sometimes we want to commit to beliefs, and hold to those beliefs, even when other people say we’re wrong.

I think it’s a miserable existence to only believe in what is supported with a proper meta-analysis and scientific consensus. Science can be great. But science is not the most important way we gain belief.

I believe there is truth, truth that is not relative. But I truth cannot always be discovered through the scientific process. There are many ways to discover truth, and to hold on to truth.

We learn through living. We learn through relationships and connection with others. We learn with experience. We learn sometimes through faith and action and seeing what works out and what doesn’t.

I want to be open to new beliefs, to updating what I think is wrong. But I am also committed to certain beliefs–beliefs on how to be a good person, how to raise my family, and how to live my life. Those aren’t the sort of beliefs I want to rethink over and over again. I just want to hold on to them and keep trying to live up to them.

I pray every morning and every night, and my prayer is often that God can guide me and that I can hear Him in my life. There are moments when I feel something that cannot be adequately explained except to say it is divine, that it comes from a power outside of myself. That is what I am committed to. That is what I believe.

So I will be a skeptic, sometimes, and I will be a scientist, sometimes, and then most of all, I will be a mother and a wife and a daughter and a friend, and my commitment to the most important beliefs will guide me to become an even better version of myself.

4. What I am committed to?

What have I already committed to in my life?

  • I was married and I will spend my life and eternity with my husband, Dillon.
  • I got pregnant and will take care of my children for as long as they need me to.
  • I was baptized and promised to believe in God and follow his commandments.
  • I said I would write 150 blog posts between now and the end of the year.
  • I signed up to take the GRE test in September.
  • I reserved places to stay for my summer vacation.
  • I got a building permit to renovate my house.
  • And I have committed to try the best I can to become a better person. That means working on goals that improve my spiritual, physical, mental, and social areas of my life.

Sometimes commitment is hard, because things are scary and life can get difficult. Commitment means that I keep going, even when it is crazy difficult and life is uncertain.

Real commitment means that there is no need for a cancellation plan. When I more fully commit, I lock the escape door, get rid of the fire escape, and tear apart the life boats. I’m going down with the ship, even if it burns. I have no thought of escape; I am committed throughout it all.

I had ancestors that were so committed to what they believed that they gave their lives for it.

When things get hard, commitment means that I keep going anyway. That I just don’t agree to something when it is easy, but I agree when it hurts. I don’t quit; I don’t give up; I stay true to that which I value.