I was thinking the other day about beliefs and wondered, "Is it possible to know what other people believe? After all, beliefs happen on the inside and people can say anything they want on the outside."
Gandhi said it this way: "Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny."
I believe that it IS possible to tell what people believe. You can SEE what they believe by looking at their actions (choices). I've heard people say, "I can't hear a word you're saying because your actions are speaking so loudly." Actions are in fact physical manifestations of the underlying invisible beliefs.
As just one example, let's apply this to food: if people say that they believe eating high quality food will help them be healthy and yet they regularly eat junk (like most people I know), there's one of two things going on: Either #1 - they don't really want to be healthy, or #2 - they don't believe that eating high quality food actually IS a large determinant of health. The first option -- that people don't want to be healthy -- is an utterly ridiculous concept. This leaves us with only one option: that people don't really believe that high quality food matters for our health. If people WANTED to be healthy, and they KNEW high quality food mattered, then they would CHOOSE high quality foods over illness-producing ones every time.
The reason medicine is failing (Health Care Reform anyone?) is because it does not instill the beliefs that personal choice is important for health. If it did instill this belief and people wanted health, then everyone under medical care would be making healthy choices. The reality is that people have become convinced that there's some way to well-being other than making good choices, that there's some system that can compensate for their personal shortcomings and that this system is more important than their personal choices as a determinant of their long-term health. Sounds pretty ridiculous I know, but that's reality. The reason I know this is based on what people actually DO, not what they say. Let's take a look:
Currently in America, the number one source of calories is the High Fructose Corn Syrup in soft drinks (soon to be replaced by "real sugar" as if that's any better). A recent CDC report stated, "In 2009, 67.5 percent of adults ate less than two fruits daily and 73.7 percent ate less than three vegetables daily." If people are in control of their actions, and if healthy choices result in health, then one could conclude that either people don't want to be healthy or people have some misguided beliefs controlling their actions.
Medicine does a lot of amazing things (heart transplants, morphine to numb pain after car wrecks, etc) but it HASN'T helped people believe that what they do matters for their health. Medicine as a whole is an utter failure when it comes to helping people live in ways that could result in them actually BEING healthy for a lifetime. This is the very reason that heart disease, Type II Diabetes (both very nearly 100% preventable), and cancer (highly preventable) are major health threats in America but not in many other countries (until they adopt our way of life). Why I started blogging was to show people the evidence that what they do matters and they CAN be healthy once they become aware of their actual beliefs.
Here's to believing that what you do matters.
Reconnecting you to Natural health through accurate beliefs.
Yours in Health, Love, and Freedom - Intern Steve