So I've touched on the idea of Prerequisite Belief Modules in the past. For example you can't believe there is Salvation Through Christ unless you first believe in Jesus, right?

Then it occurred to me today, could there be Belief Modules that are so central, that they have no Prerequisite Belief Modules? For instance, I'm hung up on "The Belief That There is Good and Evil". What would the prerequisite to this be?

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Perhaps a belief that a paradox exists for everything?

Interesting...maybe...

This is getting difficult to comprehend but so very interesting.

Jennie Dschaak said:

Perhaps a belief that a paradox exists for everything?

Yes Sid, we exist within a web of beliefs.  This web is how we make sense of the world we live in.  Some of our beliefs are verifiable and others are assumptions or premises that we simply accept as being true.  You've heard me mention how high performance swimmers learn to swim as if they have webbed fingers - and in the process achieve superior results.  In other words, even false beliefs can be used to serve us very well - if we know how to use them properly. 

Would it be possible for people to map out their personal belief networks. Of course.  That's what OSR is all about.  Right?

As you know, the core belief I work with is that "I" cannot understand the world in which I live any more than I understand myself.  From this core belief, for example, I can build my network of supporting beliefs.   So. . . Core Beliefs have Supporting Beliefs and supporting beliefs, in turn, are supported by lesser beliefs and lesser beliefs are supported by mythologies, rituals, rites and delusions. 

When one is fed beliefs at a young age and then builds their understanding of life based on these beliefs, it is often very difficult to later evaluate or even identify underlying belief structures.  As a result, some strange belief structures have evolved - like the Appalachian Snake Handling Cult.

The recently posted BK Belief Modules start by laying out core beliefs.  They then describe a method for realizing or experiencing these beliefs through the practice of Raja Yoga Meditation.  Then they provide a more elaborate belief structure to understanding the world and cycle of time in which we live.

I would go so far as to say that many religions intentionally or unintentionally obscure their belief structures by embedding them in voluminous texts that are not readily accessible to people without the assistance of a priest. As populations become more literate and better informed, traditional religion is not proving well suited. People are looking for alternative frameworks or core belief structures that are coherent and precise and not inhibited by national or cultural boundaries.

Hey Jennie,

Yes, life is dichotomous.  Does good or perfection exist in a universe of continuous change?  As they say, the only thing that is constant is change - and there's your paradox . . . again.

Good and evil are relative terms. They relate to the theoretical notion of perfection. Perfection does not exist here . . . the best we can do is "good" and "evil" as degrees of imperfection.  So, we create a theoretical place where perfection does exist.  Perfection does not change. It is beyond dimension because it does not move or change.  This is the metaphysical domain of God.  BTW, this domain is our home.  We come into matter, for awhile, because we are attracted to it. . . however, the law of action/reaction (karma) says that our good accounts become depleted over time and we run up a karmic debt.  Paradise turns into hell for many of us . . . unless one knows how to navigate the game of life. . . in which case paradise returns.

Good and Evil

    What can Harm/What Can Help

         Value

             Loss/Not Enough of Something

                   The Finality of Things/Definite Boundaries and Limitations of things

A Core Belief of the Good and Evil premise resides in the belief there is not enough for all within a confined region.  That is to say, terminal things, i.e. You, Me, Air, Dirt, Life, Death, are separate from the whole and can be removed.  This removal can either be lost or removed from the System.  Should this act posses value then it can either help or harm the System.  This in turn translates to perceived notions of Good or Evil.  Remove whether something can harm or be helpful, remove Good and Evil.  Remove Value and remove whether something adds to the System or harms it.  Remove Loss or Not Enough, then we remove whether something has value in the System.  Remove the finality of things or the perceived boundaries of things and you remove Loss.

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