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BELIEFS CAN BE REFLECTIONS

 

     Our beliefs can be reflections of our value system that we have in place.  The things we believe in are often reflections of our own personal values.  In fact, we are objective enough to analyze the things we believe, we can often deduct from them some underlying values that we may never have consciously recognized.  Letís look at a few examples of beliefs that reflect a whole spectrum of values.  (NOTE:  These beliefs are not necessarily my own but a varying difference in 2 sides of any given situation.)

 

     ABORTION

An unborn child is a person

A woman has the right to choose what happens inside her own body

     MILITARY BUILD-UP

The cold war is over.  We should greatly reduce military spending.

A Russian threat still exists. We should leave the military budget where it  is

The cold war is over, but there are other threats.  Should we maintain a strong 

but flexible military on staff?

     EDUCATION

Schools should get back to the basics

Schools are too traditional and should explore a new education methodology

     COMPARABLE WORTH

People should be paid on the basis of their worth as human beings regardless of the law of supply and demand. 

It is impossible to set wages fairly except by market forces

     HOMOSEXUAL RIGHTS

Oneís sexual orientation is innate and cannot be changed; 

homosexuality is like having green eyes

Homosexuality is a learned behavior.

     POLITICS

            The political system is broken.  We should scrap it and start over.

            Our system is not perfect, but itís the  best one in the world.

 

     BETWEEN THE SEXES

Men hate women.

Women should be put in their place.

A womanís place is in the home.

Women have as much right as men to positions of influence.

Men are inferior.

     RELIGION

God will save only those who confess Jesus Christ as Savior.

God doesnít care what you believe as long as you are a good person.

There is no God.

     MUSIC

Rock music is satanic.

Rock music is loud but morally harmless.

Rock music is physically harmful.

Rock music is NOT music.

County/western (or classical or new age, or easy listening, or jazz, or whatever) is the only true music.

     FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Mom and dad will always love me, regardless of what I do.

My parents (or husband or wife) will never understand me.

My parents (or husband or wife) made me the way that I am.

     SELF-ESTEEM

My worth as a person is determined by:

The praise I receive from others

The things that I own

The joy I hold

The way I look

The kinds of person I marry

Any combination of the above

None of the above

     RESPONSIBILITY

Iím a pawn driven by outside forces and can do nothing about it.

Everything that goes wrong is my fault.

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