What is Belief replacing? Has anyone ever asked you this strange question? Have you asked yourself? Not many of us want to ask or ask ourselves because change or giving up something is always at risk. So don't ask, don't tell. This is a bad idea and action for a society--nothing "changes" with silence. So, what then is Belief replacing? What is it masking or hiding? Do we even think we're hiding with belief or just believing in something and that's that? Mostly just believing in something, right? We just believe in something and don't question it's origin, effects or social outcome and if so, then what? Nothing. We could all be doing just that--believing and being comforted and secure with it. I was talking with someone about the difference between 'fact' and 'belief', but his confusion was not of an issue, but he'd never addressed either one fully, therefore, I put him in a corner (not on purpose), but it just turned out that way because his justification had so many holes that I just kept filling them in with fact and he had no where to go. Finally, after I kept pressing him to explain the difference, he looked at me and said, "I'm secure with it" (his beliefs) which I knew all along--I just wanted him to see it. That was pretty much the end of the talk because I didn't try to change or criticize his belief, I merely tried to broaden his perspective. But back to the point. Lets say you don't believe in anything for a moment, I know its hard, but possible. What then? If this is hard to imagine, just look at children before they're old enough to start verbally expressing their opinions, usually around ten or so. They're pretty straight forward speaking creatures, aren't they? Don't they say what they understand of their surroundings? They can look you in the eye without a flinch of self-consciousness and say "I just farted." or "I don't like you anymore" or "Are you pregnant Mrs Jones?"--When she's not. Yes? And they don't follow up with a justification of beliefs. They just say stuff. Why is that? It isn't because "they don't know any better" because that's our adult beliefs and expectations and the world haven't given them that yet. No, no. This is about the fundamental fact--they haven't yet been given the "beliefs" of social behavior and conduct. Right? Yet, in time they'll stop and slowly become a respectful citizen and so on. Still, there is a distinct social reality between them and us as adults--we believe in a form of social behavior and they don't by default. We are wearing a mask of sorts, whereby, behind it are beliefs covering up the realities in which we are born which we see in children, that raw, direct energy and social freedom we once enjoyed. Isn't that true? Is not everyone looking for freedom from something? Because without the securing action of "belief" what then? What's going to happen if we don't believe in anything? The fact is nothing? How can I say that? Because I look at the children and see that it is assured.