Another one of those ‘not quite sure what I’m saying posts’ but here goes:
So, you’ve got more religions than you can shake a stick at. The Christians, the Mormons, the Buddhists, the Muslims, the Catholics, etc. etc. They all, presumably, believe that their religion is ‘right’. But, each religions definition of ‘right’ is different from the next. How can they all be right? They can’t, can they? Well, they can be right, if you believe it to be right. It can be ‘right’ from where you’re standing.
To me, different religions provide a great example of the observation that Everyone is Right. The world that I/someone else see and experience is based entirely on what I/someone else believes to be correct.
So, the colour of the wall in the pub. It’s blue. I like the colour, but the person I’m with doesn’t. It’s the same colour, but I bring my own bias and personality to the pub; to the wall. Previous experience and taste means that whilst everyone can agree that the wall is blue, everyone’s opinion about the colour is different. That difference is based on who we are as individuals.
Continuing on the pub tip, say my friend and I get talking to someone neither of us has met before. After they’ve left, I say I didn’t like them and my friend they said they did. But we both had the same conversation. Again, our personalities and history determine whether or not we enjoyed the strangers company or not. They could have gone on to a friend for my friend but not for me. The stranger was the same person, but we experience them differently. Again, our experience of the experience is determined by our different, individual personalities.
I can continue on like this for hours, but the point is that ones entire experience of reality is based entirely on ones personality. There are the facts – that the wall is blue, but everyone’s experience of that blue wall is determined by who they are and because everyone is different everyone’s experience of the wall, of a meeting, of a TV programme of a conversation is different, created in their heads based on their history.
When a deviation in explanation of the same event occurs between two people then that’s due to a difference in personality and personal upbringing and beliefs. In this, everyone believes that they’re ‘right’. But they’re only ‘right’ to themselves based on their upbringing and experience. They are no more ‘right’ than the next person who has a different upbringing and experience (although most people believe that they’re more ‘right’ than the next person of course!).
So, there is no objective ‘right’. Instead everyone has their own version of what they believe to be right.
For the power hungry, the task is convince as many other people as possible to believe your version of what you believe to be ‘right’. (America (used to) do a very good job here)
So, why is this at all interesting? Not sure really, other than to realise that what I see and believe to be true and the way that the world works – what I believe to be ‘right’ – is merely a reflection of who I am rather than actually the way the world works. And that no-one else is ‘right’ either – they’re just coming from where they are as well.
Of course this view is, to me ‘right’, but then it’s bought to you by my personality so I would say that, wouldn’t I?!