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Do we need reasons? (3)

“You have to trust me Neo”, says Trinity.

“Why?”

 “Because you know where exactly that road ends.” (In context, it means ‘You don’t want to follow destiny, you want to create your own’.)

Neo is convinced.

We want reasons to believe. We need reasons to trust.

Neo – the lead character in the movie ‘Matrix’ – does not believe in fate. He says, “I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.”

It is obvious for us that our likes and dislikes may not be rational.

While being rational in dealing with Trinity, Neo wants reason to trust her. Trinity makes a reference to one of his beliefs and asserts that if Neo doesn’t believe in fate then he needs to trust her.  So apparently there is a reason for Neo to trust Trinity.

But if we look at it little more closely, Neo has not decided logically. Rather he is following his belief – the belief which is not reasoned out. ‘I’m not in control of my life’ is the belief that Neo doesn’t LIKE. Neo is satisfied and convinced when he is made to see the relation between his fundamental belief and action.

We somehow want to believe certain ideas to be true or ‘righteous’. We may not LIKE it to be questioned – by ourselves or by others. And while taking decisions based on such a belief, we are complacent in being rational or reasonable.

But is it really as it appears?

Can we find out – based on our decisions, behavior, choices and tastes – what are our fundamental beliefs that we have accepted as truths?

Can we find out the truths or beliefs that we have suspended from cross-verifications?

Is it not an achievement in itself to have such a belief or idea that can justify most of our choices and decisions?

Should we have such truths/beliefs?

If we do have such beliefs that grossly justify our major acts and decisions, are we open to question and validate it time and again?

The very act of questioning certain accepted truths can shake the whole structures of our thinking.  Questioning and reasoning can potentially shatter our ‘value system’ if we have.

Do we need reasons then?

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