One of the great challenges of living in the world is finding a way to get all of your beliefs in line. Most people live their lives as a “house divided” and the internal conflict of competing and conflicting beliefs spills over constantly in their expression and function. Consider this example:
A common dissonance in the southern United States is found in those who espouse the conservative-minded “stay out of my business and keep government small” belief while at the same time failing to take care of their personal health (typically due to dietary preferences and a lack of regular exercise). Many of these people get older and end up being dependent on governmental support for their health care. My message to those thus afflicted is that liberty does not mean license. Responsibility must be taken if freedom is to be maintained.
Inner conflict is far more limiting than outer circumstances will ever be. When faced with failure, most people look around them to assign blame or to justify their shortcomings. In my view we would have a different and better world if more people would take the time necessary to align their internal beliefs and to follow those harmonious beliefs all the way through in every thought, word and deed.