Sociologists, theologians, psychologists, philosophers have different explanations to the word believe. Here, I’ll be presenting just relevant excerpts to aid in the understanding of the concept of believe in my own typical view.
Many scholars have defined Believe as the psychological state in which an individual holds a proposition or premise to be true. It is accepting that something is true or real. To believe means to have confidence in something or someone. It also means to have faith in what is either imagined or physical. It is to be of the opinion that something exists or is a reality, especially when there is no absolute proof of its existence or reality. For example, believe in reincarnation. Dispositional and occurrent belief concerns the contextual activation of the belief into thoughts or ideas based on the belief’s premise.
Contemporary analytic philosophers of mind generally use the term “belief” to refer to the attitude we have, roughly, whenever we take something to be the case or regard it as true. To believe something, in this sense, needn’t involve actively reflecting on it: Of the vast number of things ordinary adults believe, only a few can be at the fore of the mind at any single time.
From infancy, such beliefs like religion and culture begin to take their rightful place in one’s life; they form the basis of one’s infant beliefs. As we advance in age and understanding, natural factors like the environment spring up to influence or even in most cases, replace the infant beliefs. This is when one is able to decide on what and/or who to believe in. This is also the stage where world leaders in various careers are formed; it is the stage where one chooses to believe in an unusual idea or discard it because it seems impossible.
Possibilities become reality because people believed and worked in same direction.Some situations in life were originally made to be doubted because they don’t appear to be normal. Flying a plane once seemed like a fairy tale until someone believed!
What do you believe in?
”Hans Selye, the pioneer in the understanding of human stress, was once asked the following question: ”What is the most stressful condition a person can face?” His unexpected response: ”Not having something to believe in” To believe in something is to have a driving force. It keeps you going, when all the handwriting you can see on the walls of your street is impossibility. It is only that driving force that helps you see that there is still hope.
Many people barely know beyond the fact of their existence; believing in themselves is one difficult task. Most people live their lives believing in nothing, they therefore dance to every tune that’s being played by life. Having the right internal representational structure is essential in building a strong belief; that which you see using your mind and not your eyes. Professional opticians have proved that we see with the mind and look with the eyes. Most times, the eyes tend to look at the dead end in a problem, but the mind sees a unique solution, somehow. Just look deeper! Going through life, you just have to develop that confidence in what YOU hold as the truth. In your work place, your school, your place of worship, play ground; believe in the existence or the reliability of what you can see in that situation or person. Dare to believe in yourself!
In every circumstance, always remember that the wisdom of pushing the tiny thread through the needle can also be used in pulling the big and crude thread if only you BELIEVE… Just put on some binoculars (more effort) and it’s done!
I believe in the God of possibilities!
Contributors; Victoria Ajinomoh, Genevieve Peters