While I don’t think that the things we believe have an impact on things like God’s existence or an afterlife, I do think they matter in our everyday lives. I, for example, have become a lot happier after I let go of a lot of beliefs about what a human is or should be. I realized that I was trying to live up to the standards of American life where people do things without thinking about why. So much of what I worked for was pleasing others and trying to be someone I am not. I also developed some new beliefs which make sense to me. For example, I’ve learned that it is sometimes possible to break down anything into smaller parts. Computer programs work with bits, geometric shapes are built with lines and curves, and words are made from letters. People are much the same. Sometimes we get so focused on some tiny detail of a person such as their appearance, religion, age, or job, that we forget there is a lot more to each person. Even when you live with someone for many years, you still learn new things about them that you never knew before. What you believe about yourself and other people (including animals) has a great impact on many actions you do. Even though everyone has things that are relevant to them, there is one time when they must be challenged. If ever a person becomes violent to the point of harming the life of another, it is time to put a stop to it if possible.