- There is a direct link between a person’s beliefs and their behavior. One’s beliefs drive one’s behavior. Moreover, a person’s behavior is a reflection of what they truly believe. (See Chapter 6, “Your behavior is a reflection of what you truly believe” in The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management: Proven Strategies for Increased Productivity and Inner Peace by Hyrum W. Smith, creator of the Franklin Day Planner.) Often, a person’s professed beliefs are just a pleasant fiction that has little to do with their actual beliefs. For example, most peoples’ procrastination comes from their self-doubts and other counterproductive beliefs, even though few people will admit to having them.
- A logical consequence of the above is that groups of people with the same beliefs will have similar behavior. Looking at it another way, the true beliefs of a group can be inferred from the groups’ aggregate behavior. One could say that the aggregate behavior of a group is a reflection of what the group truly believes. Again, this is in contrast to professed group beliefs, which are sometimes fictional.
- Each person is responsible for his beliefs. Beliefs are just one form of thought which are just things running around in a person’s head. People are separate from their beliefs and they are responsible for them. The only exception is the mentally ill, who are not necessarily in control of their thoughts. As a consequence, the mentally ill should not automatically have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.
- Therefore, groups of people with the same beliefs are responsible for the consequences of those beliefs that play out of their aggregate behavior.
The examinations on this web site look at Christianity as a set of beliefs that have outgrown their bounds and become a means to their own end. As such, Christianity is a belief system with its own agenda—primarily to propagate itself. Christianity, as with other meme complexes, can be thought of as groups of ideas that for all intents and purposes are living organisms. Christianity is a highly evolved meme complex with adaptations that exploit the difference between humans’ perceived behavior and actual behavior, humanity’s basic fears and instincts, and subverting the moral principles of reason, responsibility, and compassion. While the Christianity Meme does not literally control a person, it does limit the free will of a person by making a broad range of otherwise normal choices seem irrational. We view Christianity Meme (complex) as a living but unconscious player in human affairs with neither human nor divine interests at heart.