- Oct 23, 2006
Indeed. Emotion could be a big part of it and other things you pointed out as well. There is a sunk cost fallacy as well. There is so much investment (in terms of time) that even if it is beneficial to get rid of certain belief, there is something that prevents us from doing that.I'd wager that it comes down to emotion. The reason people are reluctant to change their view is because of the emotions they get from that position.
It may be ego, or a fear of losing the sense of community, etc.
Also, as far as religion is concerned, one honestly believes that one is a good person and that only 'my' religion made me that good. Then, you meet other people and understand that most believe the same and then you find out that your & their expressions of beliefs (prophets/myths/miracles/books) are contradictory even if some teachings might match as those cherry picked "good" teachings would have come from human experience which is likely to be universal.
We are complex.