You Choose Your Beliefs & Identity



Imagine for a moment that life is like a bead market. The market includes several booths, and at each booth are people, companies, and institutions selling unique beads. Each bead represents an idea or a belief.


In this market, each of us shops for beads that we then string onto a necklace. Everyone wears their self-made necklaces for others to see. Our necklaces are a representation of who we are, and so we take it quite seriously. Some people are eager to show off their necklace; others nervously hide theirs due to fear of judgment.


Each bead requires something in return: money, exchange of another bead, or some other form of payment. For example, if you buy a bead that represents your belief that social status is a person’s greatest measure of worth, then you might trade it for a bead that says a person’s value is most dependent on their character. People frown upon those who wear contradicting beads, so it’s important to be aware of what beliefs you hold and those you do not.


Watch out for those who deceive you into buying their beads. They’ll spend desperate hours trying to convince you why theirs are the best to buy. They may even threaten you by sa