Monday, May 7, 2018

Giving up our biases

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. If we turn off the path of the ego onto the path of the spirit, this search entails becoming aware of and giving up our biases.

Let's admit it. We are biased. When we look at things, we see what we think we are going to see not what is really there. Most people think it is the other way around, that the things we see trigger our thoughts, but it is more accurate to say that our thoughts influence what we see.

Tough thing to admit. Our egos rarely allow us to become aware of and acknowledge our biases. As the bumper sticker says, "Don't believe everything you think." We could tweak it to say, "Don't believe everything you see."

Turning from the path of the ego onto the path of the spirit involves giving up our thoughts, our biases, our assumptions, our prejudices.


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