The Belief Vacuum
Updated: Jan 3
As established religions continue to be torn apart and traditional ways of living are challenged by the emerging secularised culture, what’s been torn down with it are whole systems of belief.
Value structures that have underpinned how people commune and how individuals have been able to make sense of the world and their place in it.
As these meta-narratives, these systems of beliefs are increasingly challenged, so too our perceptions.
Where as we once built our lives on and around these foundations and pillars, they are now being reduced to rubble, leaving us to rebuild them ourselves.
Replacing what had been understood and established over millennia, with a pseudo-style do it yourself spirituality and moral framework, serving not a God, but rather our own desires and 'the ultimate' pursuit of happiness.
Whether you realise it or not, beliefs are the basis on which you interact with the world
The ground on which everything else is built
These beliefs can affirm the way you live your life, or be limiting in how you perceive the world and your role in it.
But what we do know, is that not understanding what you believe will inevitably leave a void
A vacuum of sorts, that needs to be filled - because your belief system is the lens through which you see the world
The structure your mind needs to be able to navigate you through life
This is what ultimately shapes your whole experience.
What you believe is reflective, not so much in what you think or say, but very much so in how you live your life.
Unlike thoughts or actions that are often conscious and easily outwardly expressed - beliefs are embodied, imprinted into your very being and it’s only through internal transformation, that these beliefs can be reshaped or reformed.
The ultimate goal then is to have your beliefs visibly reflected in how you actually live your life.
It’s really no surprise the rise of the ‘super hero’ correlates with the advent of a secular culture and increased absence of God in society.
Point is, whether it’s God or not, there is a void, a vacuum that needs to be filled – because we want and need to believe in something.
And like all vacuums, if left to its own devices, it will absorb whatever is in its immediate environment, regardless of whether it’s harmful or not.
What do you believe?