Originally posted by FreakyKBH
"Belief isn’t an idea the mind possesses. Belief is an idea that possesses the mind.”
I'm ambivalent on this one. Thought?
I think "possess" is an inappropriate word to use to describe the relationship between belief and mind.
EDIT - Belief is a part of the mind. The conscious mind has only limited control over belief. Some of that control is through learning and logic. Some of that control is through self-hypnosis. The first way is better for matching belief to reality. The latter is better for manipulating oneself to, say, resist a compulsion to do immoral acts. Or, for manipulating other people...