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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted October 22, 2011 at 7:37 AM via web

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What is the core of your belief system?

What do you value above all other things? What is the core of your belief system? (obviously we could all answer 'my family', but that is a bland, universal statement) When the chips are down, what do you cling to? Stripped of all the world's pretensions, what is the heart of your value system? When all the fluffy peripherals have fled, what do you stand on? What is the heart of your world?

For me, it is 'truth', above all other things, the most important thing to me is The Truth. Keats said that, 'Truth is Beauty and Beauty is Truth.' And, ironically, I don't know if that's true, but the truth is the holy grail for me. If we all knew and told the truth then world would be a much much better place. And that is why I am a teacher.

But for you it may be 'love' or 'honor' or 'peace' or 'money' or 'security' or 'nationhood' or 'whatever', but what is the last thing that you would sacrifice to stay alive? Or maybe even die for.

Go on, go on, go on... this is the internet, it's anonymous... tell the truth. What is the thing that you hold most dear? Where do you keep your heart of hearts?

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 22, 2011 at 7:40 AM (Answer #2)

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The core of my belief system can be summarized in a song I learned many years ago: "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so." My faith in God's amazing love and forgiveness is the foundation for everything I do and everything I pray for in the future.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM (Answer #3)

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For me, the core of my belief system is my faith. I do not expect others to agree with or even understand how my faith in a Higher Power has sustained me through many difficult moments in life. It is that belief that also has encompassed such things as love for my fellow creatures, strength to carry on in some very difficult moments, and the belief that life is not all "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die." Others express their core beliefs in different ways; Post #2 has  summarized hers admirably; and I cannot disagree. Her faith in God's amazing love is also an integral part of my faith.

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2011 at 12:57 AM (Answer #4)

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I grew up staunchly religious, and have moved away from it in recent years. I think I need some time to see what there is outside, and then make my own decision regarding the remainder of my life. In that sense, I guess the "core" of my current belief is reason and logic. Here's an interesting article about faith and reason.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 23, 2011 at 2:47 AM (Answer #5)

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I grew up staunchly religious, and have moved away from it in recent years. I think I need some time to see what there is outside, and then make my own decision regarding the remainder of my life. In that sense, I guess the "core" of my current belief is reason and logic. Here's an interesting article about faith and reason.

I don't mean this in any sort of a sarcastic way, but can you imagine yourself dying in order to preserve your dedication to reason and logic?  I really do see where you're coming from, but when I read the question I thought to myself "if someone told me 'I'll kill you if you don't renounce logic and start going to church,' would I allow myself to be killed?"  I can't picture it the way that some people can picture dying for their faith.

I wonder why that is.  Moral failing on my part?  The fact that you can't have a personal relationship with logic the way that some people have a personal relationship with God?

Anyway, just wondering...

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2011 at 3:06 AM (Answer #6)

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#5, I totally understand your curiosity, and I really don't know. Logic as a deity is not something people often consider; reason-based philosophies tend to the cold and non-inclusive, despite their almost evangelical zeal. I think that is one reason why I'm taking time away: to really come to grips with my faith or lack thereof. In my memory, I've never really felt a connection to religion the way others around me do, but out of habit (and bred guilt) I continued to mouth prayers I didn't believe for over 25 years. I don't think I ever had a relationship with God or faith; it's entirely possible that I wasn't in the right faith, but again, it's something I have to research and discover.

When I figure it out, I'll let you know, but for now, I'm living my life for myself.

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beefheart | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 23, 2011 at 4:40 AM (Answer #7)

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For me it is 'art and culture'. Books, music, film, food, architecture.

To lie in a warm bath scented with Provencal lavender, drinking a fine Pommard with a good cheese and an immaculate baguette while reading (for example) the works of Plautus who, even though he's been dead for over 2000 years, he takes me walking through the Forum and shows me the slave markets and the wine sellers and the pompous lawyers. Then he makes me laugh complaining about how his shrewish wife won't stop clucking at him. And he reassures me that my occasionally clucking wife is not so bad and should be forgiven for her fussing.

Ars Gratia Artis.... always.

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jillyfish | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted October 23, 2011 at 5:18 AM (Answer #8)

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#5, I totally understand your curiosity, and I really don't know. Logic as a deity is not something people often consider; reason-based philosophies tend to the cold and non-inclusive, despite their almost evangelical zeal. I think that is one reason why I'm taking time away: to really come to grips with my faith or lack thereof. In my memory, I've never really felt a connection to religion the way others around me do, but out of habit (and bred guilt) I continued to mouth prayers I didn't believe for over 25 years. I don't think I ever had a relationship with God or faith; it's entirely possible that I wasn't in the right faith, but again, it's something I have to research and discover.

When I figure it out, I'll let you know, but for now, I'm living my life for myself.

I've never really felt a connection to religion the way others around me do, but out of habit (and bred guilt) I continued to mouth prayers I didn't believe for over 25 years. - Belarafon

Wow! That sentence shot through me like a bullet and made me judder like an old washing machine! Thank you for being so honest. I'll bet you are not the only one in your congregation who feels like that. Who knows how many of those seemingly pious, nodding heads are too scared to break free?

 

 

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elfgirl | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted October 23, 2011 at 6:28 AM (Answer #9)

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I grew up staunchly religious, and have moved away from it in recent years. I think I need some time to see what there is outside, and then make my own decision regarding the remainder of my life. In that sense, I guess the "core" of my current belief is reason and logic. Here's an interesting article about faith and reason.

I don't mean this in any sort of a sarcastic way, but can you imagine yourself dying in order to preserve your dedication to reason and logic?  I really do see where you're coming from, but when I read the question I thought to myself "if someone told me 'I'll kill you if you don't renounce logic and start going to church,' would I allow myself to be killed?"  I can't picture it the way that some people can picture dying for their faith.

I wonder why that is.  Moral failing on my part?  The fact that you can't have a personal relationship with logic the way that some people have a personal relationship with God?

Anyway, just wondering...

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...can you imagine yourself dying in order to preserve your dedication to reason and logic?... when I read the question I thought to myself "if someone told me 'I'll kill you if you don't renounce logic and start going to church,' would I allow myself to be killed?"  I can't picture it the way that some people can picture dying for their faith.

Hmmm... Why is dying the ultimate test of our belief in something? I cling to science like a limpet to a rock, but if some psycho told me to get to church or die, then I'd get to church. I might plot behind the scenes, but I feel no need to go out in a blaze of glory for science. That would be emotional and illogical.

Religions have developed this pervasive idea that the ultimate test of our beliefs is to unquestioning willingness to die for them. How convenient for them, but as far as I'm concerned my beliefs are better when I'm alive. Did it never occur to you how useful this 'beautiful death' idea is to religious memes? Those hotheads in the airliners that smacked into the WTC thought dying for their beliefs was awesome. They were WRONG.

There is nothing precious about dying for an idea. As regards dying for an idea, I would quote that healthy-psycho General Patton. (please forgive the colourful language, it is his, not mine)...

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.
George S. Patton

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pootle | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted October 23, 2011 at 7:09 AM (Answer #10)

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For me the thing I love most is trees, plants, animals and all living things. Life. They sing to me somehow. If that sounds weird to you, I have no answer. But when I am alone in nature's wonders I am truly happy.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 23, 2011 at 8:48 AM (Answer #11)

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Hmmm... Why is dying the ultimate test of our belief in something?

I agree.  I am a Christian.  I have been taught from a very early age (and had reinforced on a regular basis) that "Greater love hath no one but this: that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).  The next part of this, in my faith, of course, is that Jesus Christ did this for our sin.

I think this has been translated in the church to: Die a martyr and become a legend.

I dont' know.  If a man pointed a gun to my head and told me to renounce my faith and live, I'm pretty sure I'd say whatever he wanted to hear in order to live.  How many people have died because of a similar situation.  Thousands?  Tens of thousands?  Hundreds?  The point is, more than we can remember.  They did not become legends and perhaps many more were not saved because of their "heroism" for the faith.

Personally, the Truth I stand on is the absolute truth of the Word and love of God.  However, I'm not claiming to be a super human because of it.  I'm also not going to lie and say "I'd die for my faith."

If tested, I don't think I would.  I'd just get better at hiding it.

(On the other hand, I'd take a bullet for my child without a split-second thought.)

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted October 23, 2011 at 1:13 PM (Answer #12)

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...faith, hope, and love...and the greatest of these is love.

Love is why I live. Love is why I give. Love is why I teach. Love of subject, love of student, love of children....heck love of self. A life without love...deep, passionate love of something or someone...is quite the dull existance I should think!

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jarumi344 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 25, 2011 at 12:55 AM (Answer #13)

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My Truth is the goodness and the ability of each individual.  I truly believe that each person is good and that each person has a crucial role to play in grand scheme of humanity.  Although this belief is challenged by the news, by world events, and often by the high school students I teach, at the end of the day, this is a core belief that I hold to.  I think without this faith in humankind, I would struggle to place value on much of the world around me.

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khuffman | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 26, 2011 at 4:14 AM (Answer #14)

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For me it is 'art and culture'. Books, music, film, food, architecture.

To lie in a warm bath scented with Provencal lavender, drinking a fine Pommard with a good cheese and an immaculate baguette while reading (for example) the works of Plautus who, even though he's been dead for over 2000 years, he takes me walking through the Forum and shows me the slave markets and the wine sellers and the pompous lawyers. Then he makes me laugh complaining about how his shrewish wife won't stop clucking at him. And he reassures me that my occasionally clucking wife is not so bad and should be forgiven for her fussing.

Ars Gratia Artis.... always.

I think the answer would have to be more in line with...what happens when you can't read, hear, see, taste or have a home? What would you cling to?  At some point in our lives, some or all of those things may happen.

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zerokloppy | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted December 4, 2011 at 1:06 PM (Answer #15)

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I always strive to cause as little grief as possible, whenever possible.

Life has enough problems as it is.

 

I'm not sure what I'd call it...empathy?

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alilion | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted December 13, 2011 at 9:02 PM (Answer #16)

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Belief in One True God Who Has no partners, nor son or daughter, God is but One, He is my Lord and your Lord, to him is our return, remember, a man cannot come to existence just like that, Surely there is a Just Creator Who Created Everything, and Everything Belongs To HIM. And His Final Messenger is Muhammed(Peace be upon him). Ameen

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arafat12 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM (Answer #17)

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For me, it's HAPPINESS.

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