Why everyone should have their own religion.

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I would like to think of myself as an open minded person, in fact sometimes I am too open minded that I am accept things too readily (although I still question them). Belief systems are an interesting aspect of human psychology and society, and if like me you have walked into a synagogue, temple, church, war memorial, casino, stock exchange and anywhere else that attracts or brings people together you can appreciate why people of similiar beliefs congregate together (even the Internet brings people who are isolated and alone in their house togeterh as well). And if you have participated in events when people flock together, perhaps at a Hillsong church service, Landmark Leadership course, Network 21 convention, Options/Property/Investment seminars or all of the above (like I have), then you will realize that everyone needs or wants something to believe in.

That being the case, I thought to myself, what better belief system to trust than your own? And this is what I came up with… I won’t call them commandments or laws or anything else that might attract copyright infringements and possibly lawsuits, but hopefully it will inspire you to replace someone else’s belief system with your own! Be warned, the contents are rate PG for Paradoxical Garble.

The Matrix Principle

What you believe is your truth, and what is true to you becomes your belief. You can only be influenced by others by allowing yourself to believe what they believe.

The practical applications of this principle are endless. You will come to realize the adage about wives being able to change her man in a marriage as somewhat misleading, because it is the husband that must want to change his beliefs first. Also, every time someone claims that you have caused them to become happy/sad/angry or any other number of emotional states, just remind them that you have no more sway over their state of mind than you have the ability to make them voluntarily donate money to your retirement fund (keeping in mind that they may actually be religious as well).

When we have satisfied our basic needs as humans, the development and nourishment of our intellect and emotions become essential. The establishment of a belief system is important in maintaining our view of the metaphysical world. In this search for the ‘truth’, our belief system serves as our compass, and as we get closer to the truth sometimes the fundamentals of our belief system can also be challenged.

The Star Wars Principle

Balance in life is created by relative and complementary forces, and this balance is maintained on a constantly shifting fulcrum.

This principle implies that like the tightrope walker (funambulist for those in the profession) if you remain perfectly still at the one spot trying to maintain your balance then you will surely fall over, unless you have experience with other gravitational or environmental conditions outside of Earth. A practical application of this principle implies that to define the good is in fact also defining the evil, and to judge the evil is also to judge the good. The best judgement is therefore not make make any (or reserve your) judgements.

Often when confronted with choices and decisions, we do not realize that our ethical and moral views are shaped by the balance between what we think is good or bad, and that this balance shifts continually as we experience and think about the people and events in life. Once we see that the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ things are relative and complementary rather than absolute and opposing, it becomes easier to comprehend or appreciate the uncertainty and inconsistency that seems to surround moral/ethical values.

Another practical application of this principle helps us to understand that the difference between medicine and poison lies in the dosage. This helps explain why some people may appear more intelligent when drunk while others retain more of their mental faculty when sober. It also explains why ‘scientific’ research can suggest something to be beneficial in one century and not in another.

The Diceman Principle

The decision you make is only as important as the actions you take.

This means that if you choose to do nothing than the decision is not important. Conversely, if you choose to do something about it then every decision will become important. Keep in mind that choosing to do nothing is also a decision in itself. For people who have a tendency to procrastinate, the more time you spend trying (or avoiding) making decisions means that you are left with less time to make the most of that decision.

This principle can be tested by discovering genuine ‘win-win’ situations in life. If the principle is true, then even if we make decisions that incorporate some degree of randomness such as making a Yes/No decision based on the flip of a coin (since true random number generators are hard to come by) it is possible to get the outcome that you want without regretting that you have not gone with the alternate choice or option.

The Desktop Shortcut Principle

The quickest and most reliable way to discovering a shortcut is to traverse all the possible paths, be it an existing or newly created one.

Okay, this sounds a bit like a paradox, but you should probably be used to it if you have read this much already. There are two ways to look at this principle. The first is to consider the what a shortcut means, and that it is not possible to be certain that something is the best shortcut until you have considered all the different possible paths. The second way is to consider that even though a tunnel through a mountain may be the fastest way, it is also the path that will take the most time and effort to create. Either way you look at it, a shortcut is always going to come by as the end result of a lot of time and effort. There have been various studies claiming what the minimum hours (10,000) required to become proficient at something. If there is a shortcut at all, then it is probably getting to the 10,000 hour mark as quickly as possible, and making sure that all 10,000 hours are quality or else you might have to spend twice as much time.

The Psychoanalyst Principle

The answer lies in the question.

So if you are looking for answers and not asking questions then you will only find what you want to know and not what you are looking for. The solution of the problem is generally buried in the problem or issue. Hence if you don’t see the problem or issue then you won’t or don’t need to look for a solution.

The NIKE Principle

Trying should not be used as a verb but as an adjective only. If you DO something instead of TRYING to do something, you will have either done something or not, instead of wondering what you actually did.

Trying or attempting something describes the uncertainty in one’s state of mind before committing to an action. You can commit to an action, and you can successfully complete the action or fail to complete it (and if you fail in most cases there’s nothing stopping you from doing it again). If you just commit yourself to doing something it will break the state of uncertainty in your mind and allow you to achieve greater success. Hence why NIKE asks us to ‘Just do it’ instead of ‘Just try it’.

The Verdancy Principle

What we desire is the feeling and not the object. Even if you manage to acquire the object, the desire for the feeling does not necessarily go away.

What we want is the feeling we get from moving to a different pasture, and not the pasture itself. That feeling is what makes the pasture greener. It is also possible that the colour green appears more lush from a distance rather than close up. It is also possible that you mow your lawn more often than your neighbour so their lawn appears to be greener or more lush. In life it is important to separate the feeling from the object so as to not become fixated with the object when it is not in fact connected to the feeling in any way. Some people like the feeling of being in love and may not even actually be in love with that person, and this normally becomes more obvious after the wedding ceremony.

The Poisoned Cat Principle

An argument results from a prior disagreement between two parties, and cannot be resolved unless both parties want to come to an agreement.

It is therefore pointless to agree on a particular point through an argument if the purpose for the two parties meeting together is to come to an agreement. The flip side of this principle is that you may win an argument but lose the point of having a discussion if your agenda is to get your own way. A negotiation is about finding the point of compromise, and if there were no existing conflict than both parties would be in agreement. In general it is much easier to get to the point without having to argue about it, or argue about it without getting to the point. However, most people would like to win the argument and get to the point, and it is still contentious among eminent academics and researcher whether this is possible or not.

The First Life before Second Life Principle

Become one with the world, and live life the same way whether you are at work or play.

It is difficult enough to maintain our real identity in the real world, let alone a false identity in a real world, a real identity in a virtual world or a false identity in a virtual world. That’s four different ways of living when most people don’t think they have enough time to make the most of their existence on this planet. In the end, living your real identity in the real world will bring you much more than a false identity in a virtual world.

The Gamification Principle

There are games with rules and games without rules.

Life is a game not bound by rules, whereas society is a game bound by rules. A code of ethics may be bound by rules whereas moral values may not necessary be. When you break the rules you are in fact just switching to a different type of game. You need to be aware of the rules before you can break them. You need to know the rules even better to circumvent them, and that is the difference between the criminals and lawmakers.

And thus I have reached the arbitrary magical number of ten principles in total and a good place to conclude my sermon.