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A voter’s diet

I’ve heard it said that “we are what we eat.” When we eat a balanced diet, our health remains in balance. Does the same theory apply to what we believe? Our belief systems are built upon what we see, hear and experience. Unlike our digestive system, our minds are capable of questioning what we perceive and recalling it for reconsideration in the future.

However, our ability to examine what we believe, now and in the future, is based upon our willingness to question and our aptitude for separating the rational from the emotional, the factual from the fictional, the objective from the subjective, the substantive from the virtual.

If we’ve learned to believe a certain doctrine (e.g. that certain cultures are inferior), we are likely to hold firmly to those beliefs out of a need to feel secure in who we are and what we hold dear. Therein lies the foundation for personal bias. By stubbornly anchoring ourselves to personal bias, we sacrifice wisdom. Because it does not appear to occur naturally, each of us needs to learn to examine our beliefs and periodically validate their veracity.

We will all have a chance to vote on Nov. 2, 2004. What’s in your voter’s diet?

George Hicks

Grass Valley

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