(Copy of 1965 Olivet College psychology assignment/Prof. James Lundy – returned with grade “A” and a note – “Excellent” underlined three times; he paused, smiled and said, “You scare me.”) ASSIGNMENT: Please list, in order of importance to you – most important first, the six (6) most basic beliefs that you have; that is, list the values, truths, ideals, rules, etc., that actually determine the major portion of your behavior.
1 – I do exist. My most basic belief is best expressed in the words of Protagoras (I think), who said “I think, therefore I exist.” So, leaving behind the philosophical argument of the reality of things, I am here, there’s nothing I can do about it.
2 – If I live (exist) then I must have a purpose; I do. That purpose is to succeed in whatever I choose to do, and that choice is definitely up to me. I may choose to succeed as a bum, if I see fit to do so.
3 – Some people need a god to govern their actions, My God is my Mind. I believe it is possible, maybe probable, that a God exists. However, I don’t believe s/he is watching me write this paper. I make my own rules of life.
4 – There is a heaven; there is a hell. Heaven can be extracted from daily life if accepted in a realistic manner; Hell is what men usually make of that same daily life.
5 – Honesty, tho it may not always be the best route when dealing with others, is a must within yourself.
6 – Statius said, “Fear in the world first created the Gods.” The fear of death is probably the greatest fear, and to fear death impedes one’s manner of living… I am alive – I will die. Simple, isn’t it??? NOTE: After all these years, I wouldn’t change a thing; just sorry I never found #2 😉
*Music – Greg Luttrell Band LIVE in Shanghai