Duncan, you ask an interesting question — what would one be without their beliefs.
What is left when there are no beliefs? Everything.
It seems to me a random pile of facts has no meaning without a theory, a set of beliefs that one uses to arrange ‘facts’ into something with meaning.
All beliefs are built on top of the belief of separation.
So, to answer your question, without beliefs I would be lost, at sea without direction, without reason to exist.
Beautiful. Yes, what is happening has not purpose and no meaning. It is not understandable and not knowable. But it doesn’t need to be. It’s only the separate self that thinks it needs to understand and know; in reality, life has always functioned perfectly well without the arrogance of self.
I don’t see our place on earth as a reaction, rather we are a cause. Cause and effect are real, in my experience. The world we find ourselves in is an effect that demands an intelligent cause.
From over here, it seems absolutely free and unborn. It is the alpha and the omega.
For me, the logic of Christianity is the best description of this world I find myself in.
Me always finds a way to fool itself that it is real.
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”