Belief is, in short, the single most powerful force in this world, and is only kept from
grabbing the Universal Title by the overwhelming veto power of the supernova and the
complete planetary eradication that it brings. This problem is rapidly being circumvented
by the developing space program, which will free us of this planetary system and sever our
fate from its. On close examination, this program is being fueled solely by Belief -- to wit,
the Belief that there is something good out be had.. somewhere.. Out There. And so
Belief asserts itself.
The supernova clause notwithstanding, Belief is the undisputed master of this Earth, and
is perhaps the least recognized weapon of mass destruction in the human arsenal. This is,
perhaps, caused by the fact all young people (called children in some circles) are infused
with a more-than-healthy dose of Belief early in their lifetime, such that many of them can
never remember a time when they were without it.
The individual who perhaps best understood the horrible power of Belief was René
Descartes, a 16th century French Philosopher. He got it into his head that the only way
to arrive at the ultimate truth concerning Man and God (that being a rather pressing
question of the era) was to dismiss all your fundamental beliefs, going so far as to assume
that your very eyes are lying to you, and build Truth upon fundamental Truth until you
reached the correct and accurate state of the world today.
Given that his entire arguments took place in the weird metaphysical world of the mind,
they are seen as either absolutely brilliant or complete hogwash. The continued
ambiguity of the question testifies to the all-reaching monopoly Belief has on the human
People can babble on about Truth, or about Science, and about how they really
determine who we are and where we’re going, but few people realize that both are directly
subservient to Belief. Science is the study of Applied Truth, and Truth itself, as
Descartes and all his boosters and detractors showed, can never be known.
People may preach that there must exist an Ultimate Truth, and all we have to do is sit
long enough and think hard enough and we will find it.
This is Belief. You begin to see my point? It is at the root of everything.
George Orwell recognized the power of Belief. In his book, 1984, he pictured a
society built totally on the Authority of Belief. (We’re at war with East Asia. We’ve
always been at war with East Asia.) He portrayed a world in which the government
dictated the very Beliefs of the masses: directly, effectively, and at whim. This total
control led to the 1984 world: three massive countries exerting themselves to the utmost
in states of perpetual war. That is power. Can an atomic bomb truly compare?
Look to the American Revolution. The French version thereof. Stalinist Russia; Mao
in China. Pol Pot. Hitler. None of these people started with weapons, or science, or
technology -- they wielded only Belief, and as the preacher often shouts, ‘Belief can move
If a human mind was removed from its body, still dripping from its soggy stay in its
brain, placed in a large, figurative vat and boiled vigorously for a long enough period of
time, what would be left over would be concentrated, finely rendered beliefs, because
when it comes down to it, you are your beliefs.
Your beliefs tell you who you are, and what you hold dear. Your beliefs dictate what you
are capable of, and at what you will always fail. Your beliefs are the slippery center of
your being, and really, on a fundamental level, can never be challenged, or attacked.
Be careful of your beliefs, for they are the point from which others gain first leverage, then
power, and finally domination over you. Once someone knows your beliefs -- your real,
deep-down beliefs -- they can begin to control you. One you know the beliefs of a large
enough group of people, you can manipulate them, and force others to believe, and it
People put great stock in standing armies and huge arsenals and massive spending, but
in the end its only Belief that gives people the Will to use the tools you set before them.
After that, all else is trivial.
Don’t beware what a person has, or what he might do. Beware the person’s beliefs.
Without them, the man is nothing, and can do nothing, but with sufficient Belief, a man
can do anything . Really and truly. This is the most powerful force in
existence. Harness it at your own risk.