This is a simple principle that I was fortunate enough to learn at a young age. If anyone is to believe, know, understand or accept anything, they must come to those outcomes on their own terms. Say what you will, but from my experiences, too often, others are too ready to tell me what I can and cannot do, what is true and what is false. I must know for myself, I must see for myself and I must experience for myself.
This principle has time and time again proved to teach me better than anything else imaginable. If I must know, I must discover myself. I cannot take anyone else’s word or findings on any matter. If I do, then I am simply believing people at their word. Like my parents told me time and time again, look it up for yourself.
I must fail on my own, if I am to believe anything.