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Exploring the feelings behind the worldview theme--another project WORLDVIEW theme song...
for theme #2A: The True Believer
“Something I Truly Believe” by Stephen P.
to be sung to the tune of “Something” by George Harrison / The Beatles
Somehow some words inspire me
In a dark moment like no other
Somehow they energize and lift me
I’ll follow where they lead
I’ll suffer, I will bleed
Something I truly believe
Now fills my heart1 like no other
Something in this cause I’d die for2
Away from this I won’t bend
Put objections away my friend
I’m telling you my faith3 is strong
That I belong, I belong4
This logic5 you’ve been sold
Leaves me cold, leaves me cold
Somewhere this righteous path heads
Through darkness and I think toward home6
Somewhere the guiding light leads
Away from that I’m not bound
I’m not seeking7, I have found
Each day my commitment grows
That I know, that I know
In this battle we’ll win out
Have no doubt, have no doubt
Someday we’ll have set things right8
That feeling is what keeps me going
Someday we’ll bask in the sun’s light9
I can feel it now my friend
We’ll triumph in the end!
fills my heart!” really mean something like “I feel this very
deeply!” And the simple notion that thinking is done by the
brain and feelings are from the heart is, of course, wrong!
While the frontal lobes of the brain are where thinking,
conceptualizing and planning are centered, the brain’s limbic
system and cortex, and their nervous system/neurotransmitter
(brain chemical) connections throughout the body all have a role
in emotions. Humans are
supposedly rational creatures, but
few doubt emotion often trumps reason!
of millions of people have fought and died over differences in what they
refers to firm belief with complete confidence and trust in something
for which there is no proof.
A feeling of belonging is critical to our devotion to some cause. Being
part of a crowd of others who
believe what we believe
(a “band of brothers”) gives
us confidence. Given all the wars fought over beliefs, strength in
numbers has more than
psychological value: one’s
very survival can depend on it!
Logically justifying beliefs that depend on many facts (indisputably
true information) involves 1)
establishing and scrutinizing
the standards or criteria by which
the statement is true, 2) having evidence or data to support the above
conclusion, and 3)
evaluating the certainty with which
the belief is established.
some, dying may be a way of coming full circle or coming home.
vs. Believers–in The Seekers Daniel Boorstin writes,
"We are all Seekers. We all want to know why. Man is the asking
animal. And while the finding, the belief
that we have found the Answer can separate us and make us forget our
humanity, it is
the seeking that continues to bring us
things right” = “the way things oughta be” —these are words used
to identify what we value.
reward envisioned varies. For the 9/11 perpetrators, it was those
virgins they’d find in Heaven!
Comment: this theme has value as emotional
armor. Losing yourself in
idealistically fighting for a noble cause is a way to put off reckoning
with unpleasant grim realities about yourself and your situation.
Depend-ing upon the fights you engage in (if any) and the extent to
which they are emotionally charged, as a true believer you potentially
risk suffering disappointments, personal attacks, or outright assault by
those trying to shake your worldview / emotionally disarm you. This can
result in your acquiring emotional baggage. More emotionally positive:
what you strongly believe can give wonderful purpose and meaning to your
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Musicians--We'd love it if you perform this song! Please contact us!