Have you ever seriously considered where your beliefs came from? I can't, for the life of me, remember ever making a decision to believe the things I believe. They were usually already there, fully formed, or when they were presented to me for the first time, I glommed onto them immediately without a doubt. Now, I do remember rejecting things I had been given or told to believe, examining them an trying to see if they made sense, and when they didn't, trying to find some explanation that made sense. I guess the closest thing to a decision to believe something came when I finally accepted the proposition that there really wasn't any reason for anything, I did fight against that concept for the longest, but when I finally did make the decision to accept it, it did seem inevitable. So, did I choose that belief or was it just waiting there for me to realize.
I tend to give genetics a lot of, if not total, power in determining who we are. That is not to say that genetics are inevitable, but that genetics provide the potential, and the environment actualizes that potential. (one may have all the genetic factors for alcoholism, but if one never takes a drink ...) So did I choose my beliefs or did my beliefs choose me? I guess there may have been beliefs that I held that were proven impossible, but if there were I must have immediately replaced them with something else, and were these really beliefs or just misinformation? Anybody got any ideas about this?