The book I am reading about writing at the moment suggests starting with big or important questions. So…
What do I believe?
I fall at the first hurdle with this question as I am wary of beliefs and more inclined to attempt to see or understand truth, which by all accounts eventually reduces to “I am”. Everything else is concept or opinion which if held strongly enough over a long enough period of time turns into a belief.
The other forms of belief are those handed down from other people as dogma or doctrine and I am even less inclined to place any importance in those.
But there are also some deeply held ideas of how the world works that I am probably not even aware of. These are the ones that I “believe” are just how the world is and considering alternatives is genuinely inconceivable. What are these?
That being good matters.
That it is important that we try to be good.
That people who don’t try to be good are not good.
That I am not good enough.
That I therefore have to constantly try to be better.
That life means something even though I don’t know what that is.
That there isn’t a god.
That nature is all powerful.
Maybe that nature IS god.
If anything I am wary of beliefs. They feel artificial and rigid, but the ones that I am unaware of holding are likely the most rigid of them all because I don’t even know that I have them