The Writings Of Señor Tao – A Final Look At Beliefs

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

Buddha (c. 563 BCE or c. 480 BCE – c. 483 BCE or c. 400 BCE)


Señor Tao (April 17, 1948 -)

I do not know if “no beliefs” is a reasonable obtainment because I exist as a body. I exist as a physical entity as best I am able with all forms of life. Beliefs are of the mind. They are a series of electronic impulses stored within the circuitry of the brain. Are beliefs real? “Yes,” to the one who believes the belief. “No,” to the one who does not believe the belief.

Everything I know was initially taught to me and was believed until I outgrew the belief. I believed in Santa Clause until I did not. I believed in the gospel of Jesus as the son of god until I no longer did. I believe in art, poetry and philosophy more than I ever did a god. I believe in my experiences more than anything I ever read or was written by someone else about their experiences. As I said at the outset of this rambling… Beliefs are of the mind.

All beliefs come from consciousness. This consciousness spreads depending upon the strength of the appeal. That appeal is made in the form of a promise. Eternal salvation for those who believe in me. Wealth, fame and riches for those who believe in me. If I believe a belief, that belief is real to me and becomes stronger in direct proportion to the amount of electronic energy I devote to that belief. I recruit others to adopt my belief as their own, giving my belief more creditability. The strength of my belief becomes stronger in proportion to the number of nonbelievers I can convert to believers. In so doing my belief becomes a religion. A mythology is developed to support my doctrines and edicts.

I might even go to war against those who have a belief other than mine. “To the victor belongs the spoils.” After the destruction of contrary beliefs, I become self righteous with my own. I forces those who do not believe my belief to believe it by any and every means at my disposal.

My belief builds upon itself. My belief has a large following. It is the one true belief. All other beliefs are false.

All beliefs are of the mind! A belief makes you a follower. I follow no man but myself. My belief is me. I do not have to convert anyone to believe my belief. It is not a matter of importance. I have zero recruitment. I do not have to kill my neighbor because he has a different belief. My belief is grand enough to accept the beliefs of others without feeling threatened. I do not have to defend my belief to anyone but me. My belief is sufficient unto itself. It needs no more.

All beliefs, including this one, is of the mind. I learned them from those who lived before me. Used them as I believed. Discarded them when I stopped believing. Beliefs are like that.

So where does this thinking lead me? Is there something beyond mind to carry a belief? I once wrote:

I have never believed in anything strongly enough to make the ultimate sacrifice of my life.

Beliefs – Part I

I realize now I will eventually make the ultimate sacrifice of my life in exchanged for having lived. I will die. A physical death of this body. A cessation of this life as I perceive and live it in this moment.

I do not believe in eternal life but if it is anything like its cousin, finite life, it will be given to all regardless of their belief. All life as I know it is finite. There is no heaven for the good and hell for the bad. Those are beliefs of the mind. Taught to me by a loving mother who wanted me to share her belief, taught to her by her mother who wanter her…

The only thing left to believe in is not of the mind but is of the body. It is the physical vessel through which my life is lived. It is life I am experiencing. It is what I will someday sacrifice in exchange for having lived. This life is the only belief worth dying for. This is my belief… so far, for now.


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