We may want a fantasy and may envisage self in a fantasy – however, to stretch the truth into a fantasy is problematic.
In law we have specific guides to clearly inform us as to:
- what we know; as opposed to
- what we believe.
The two may be very different. Belief is not knowledge, since knowledge is based on facts, which helps establish truth.
Facts can be challenged (think, for example: the attacks on climate change science). However, challenging on the basis of conflicting facts is very different from challenging on the basis of belief. By way of example, think about how the politics of climate change belief has influenced public debate.
So, what our beliefs are and the reality (truth) can be different.
Confronting belief with reality
Let’s take another example – the belief that it’s good to enter a “profession”. This belief leads to certain behaviours that encourage children to grow up to become, say lawyers or doctors. This behaviour further promotes the high standing of the ‘professions’ in our culture.
However, the more competition there is to join a “profession”, so the criteria to join become higher and the rewards early in the career get lower . Examples of high pressure, low reward professions include science, architecture and now possibly law.
So when belief is confronted with reality, the “truth” can be quite different. What you don’t expect is sometimes surprising. -FULL POST>