It is impossible to answer the question ‘Who am I?’ because everyone spends their whole life trying to answer who they are only at the end of their life’s journey. All people, without exception, are searching for what seems to be with them from birth, themselves. However, this is just a physical shell, a vessel that needs to be filled with something unique, something unlike anything else, but at the same time being compression of the thoughts and actions of others. Only by traveling a long way, going through their ups and downs, and looking back can one conclude what that person is, who they have become, and how they have lived.
The same is true of belief in something, directly affecting one’s awareness and actions. Although these concepts are pretty closely related, it is easier to answer “What do I believe in?” than the previous one. First and foremost, I believe in upbringing and determining a person’s future. It is impossible to say what I would have become if it had not been for my parents and who they raised me to be. From an early age, we are surrounded with care, given concepts of good and evil, laid down basic moral principles, and prepared for adult life. The influence of parents on their children is enormous, not only at an early age but also in the older years. Then one becomes wiser and realizes that without them, one’s life would be cardinal and that it is the upbringing that has tremendous power over a person. It should be passed on to future generations as well. It is the power of parental care that makes us better from birth.
Apart from that, I believe in God and all the good he brings to the world. People need a symbol of goodness and everything positive, someone they can follow and listen to. God is the one who guides people on the path of light, gives signs, and shows by his example how to live. He is a symbol of who everyone should become, how to deal with difficult situations and who they should trust. In many ways, faith has made me the person I wanted to be because God’s way of light guides me in my affairs and tells me the proper way.
Because of my faith in God, I also believe in justice and that everyone gets what they deserve. There are times in life when everything seems terrible, and depression haunts me, but in time a moment of justice comes, and everything falls into place. A good person will always be rewarded for their deeds and will be able to say with confidence that they have done the right thing.
Of all the cognitive biases discussed in chapter 1, I have singled out a tendency toward the status quo and the Ikea effect (Moore & Parker, 2020). The former suggests that people do not want to change their lives because they are okay with it. I agree with this, as given all the risks, life can either get better with change or worse. The odds are even, so I prefer stability more than risk. And the Ikea effect implies putting more value on things that other people do. So it is, even though I try to do good things, I still believe that effort is not enough, and one can do better than now. One can always try harder and do something of higher quality.
Moore B. N., & Parker, R. (2020). Critical thinking. Mcgraw-Hill Education.