I recently saw a quote that read “it doesn’t matter what you believe, it’s your behavior that counts.” It immediately broke me out in hives. Though I understand it’s general premise, it’s still probably one of the most untrue statements I’ve ever read and will never, ever be a personal proverb.
What you believe inspires your behavior. It forms your precepts. You cannot and typically do not act without some form of conviction. Even your lack of action speaks to what you believe.
If you believe that life is worthless, you will have no ambition toward anything meaningful.
If you believe that you don’t have the capacity for true love, you will sabotage every relationship that forms around you, romantic and platonic.
If you believe that people are expendable, you will murder and hate, and have no issue with it.