Do you stand for what you believe in or are you pleasing others?
What do you think?
Seems fairly clear to me that I stand for what seems most likely to me to be of the greatest benefit to all – myself and all others, in the longest possible term of thinking.
Of course it is nice to be loved by others, and to be understood, and neither are necessary (desirable certainly at a certain level, and at the highest level, subject to one’s highest chosen values).
Certainly there is a mathematical tendency in all levels of cultural community to achieve agreement as part of the cultural “glue” that binds the group together.
In a certain sense, it seems clear to me that beliefs are for children, and adults need to learn to deal with the uncertainties that seem to exist in all aspects of reality and reason and logic.
It seems that this reality we live in denies us perfect knowledge of anything, so all any of us can do is enter the dance of choice and consequence by making the best guesses we can, moment by moment.
The idea of perfect knowledge seems to be a necessary simple distinction (an illusion in a very real sense) that children must make on the path to learning about the profound levels of uncertainty that we seem to actually live in.
Some find it hard to give up the comfort of such certainty for the discomfort of uncertain choices and uncertain consequences. Our neural nets seem to crave the certainty of our early childhood distinctions, and will attempt to revert to it at each new level of distinction or abstraction.
It seems that the path of the seeker after knowledge and understanding demands a discipline to challenge all such certainties with all the tools available at every level one achieves (and it seems there may be a potentially infinite set of such levels).