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Thursday, 29 November 2018

Why are beliefs stronger than intuition, imagination and even knowledge?

On 31 March 2016, I wrote my blog Why are opinions stronger than facts? A few days ago, I revisited that question in my blog Facts are undisputed. Opinions are not. While writing that blog, a new question entered my mind: Why are beliefs stronger than the three other sources of human intelligence, being intuition, imagination and knowledge?

In order to assist me in my thinking, I prepared a new diagram (see below). For the first time, I realised that the 4 types of human intelligence appear to overlap the 4 stages of human Life. This observation appears to make perfect sense - albeit with the knowledge of hindsight.

The Needs stage of Life can still be witnessed in various parts of our world (eg, Africa). The Wants stage is characterized by persistent consumerism (eg, my 2016 blog). I suppose that the U.S. was the first region that entered the Beliefs stage of Life.

The fourth stage of Awakening seems limited to individuals; see my March blog and my July blog. Human history does not appear to show any society that reached the (final and lasting) stage of Awakening. Most likely, the Beliefs stage tears societies apart (eg, division, military conflict) which may explain the notion of the Rise and Fall of Civilizations (my blogs #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, "#7").

At the level of societies, beliefs thus seem strongest of all. There is theoretical succession (ie, Awakening) but this 4th stage only appears achievable for individuals. The diagram below represents another breakthrough for me.

The future Power dimension of the 7 Belief systems appears (much) stronger than its Knowledge dimension (my July blog). This (anticipated) development is (very) unlikely to bring the final Awakening stage. It's (much) more likely that this development may announce the demise of the Beliefs stage, which should - logically - cause a return to the Needs stage (my March blog).

Breakthru (1989) by Queen

If I could only reach you
If I could make you smile
If I could only reach you
That would really be a breakthru

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless stated otherwise

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