People live and die according to their beliefs. Wars are fought over beliefs. It seems beliefs have the utmost importance in our lives yet they exist only in our imaginations.
Beliefs are things we take to be true without any real knowledge that they are true. They are shaped by our perspective, our temperament, and our experiences, and they take the place of knowledge in our minds. With so many people having so many different beliefs it seems obvious that they all can't be right, but it's possible they are all wrong. It seems likely to me that most of the beliefs held by people throughout the world are wrong. This makes me somewhat suspect of my own beliefs since I am just another face in the herd.
I am contemplating eliminating all my unnecessary beliefs and wondering if any beliefs are actually necessary. What would the world be like if people lived more through their direct experience and less through their beliefs?