It can be a wonderfully freeing and empowering exercise to enumerate the contents of one’s beliefs, distilling them to a core essence.
It is also a practice in vulnerability, to expose something so personal to others.
In that vein, I submit the following:
I believe in helping people become happier, and healthier, better able to achieve their goals and uncover their unique talents.
I believe in the exchange of ideas, in the value of critical thinking and the ability to empathize with others. Open discourse and a deep knowledge of our own selves and the beliefs of others presents alternatives to violence and leads to meaningful relationships and deeper contentment.
I believe that a healthy diet that minimizes sugars and animal protein releases our bodies and our minds, allowing us to feel better, more energetic, and to better pursue the things we really care about. We also are able to free ourselves from a systematic enslavement of our bodies by food and drug companies.
I believe in taking risks and pursuing individual and common good together. I believe that we can and should produce goods and services using our individual talents, and discover ways in which we may support one another in a way that allows us to flourish together.
I believe in the triumph of love over all else, including the constructs of division and power we at times (mis)label as morality. True morality is a responsiveness in the moment to unique circumstances and cannot be fully encapsulated ahead of time.
I believe that true individual growth occurs at the liminal point between what we know and what we don’t know, and we experience this growth in the tension between the two. If we already know the answers, we are not growing; if we abandon all that we know, we abandon the work of integrating all that we have learned into the mystery of the unknown land ahead of us, which leads to growth.