“We have got to challenge the agreements that we hold to be true. We must boldly ask, “Do I believe this because I really believe this, or because everyone else does?” I am amazed to find out how much of our belief systems are unfounded, adopted from the norms of others. So often I see children taking on the beliefs, values, and expectations of their parents or some figure that they idolize. They are living out someone else’s thoughts. This usually brings reinforcement from the world, for other people just love for us to do what they do.
If you have an inspiration for a project that seems to fly in the face of agreed-upon reality, then test it! Those who laugh at you or criticize you do so only out of misunderstanding or a sense of threat; you may demonstrate the fragile nature of the values which they hold so dear. Assume that God Himself/Herself is showing you a new possibility, and if He/She is, your venture will be borne out.”
Alan Cohen in, “The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”
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