Fatebelief (cf. Factbelief)

A major source of disagreement and confusion between people is a lack of the distinction between a factbelief and fatebelief (we just call them both beliefs, not being clear which type they are). These two different meanings of belief are often conflated, creating unnecessary misunderstandings and misapplications.


A fatebelief is a belief that lives inside a domain of distinctions called “declarations.”


A declaration’s power lies solely in our listening to it and speaking it and in its non-contradictory congruence with other pre-existing declarations and factbeliefs.

Although we can often gather evidence that a declaration is factually true, we could just as easily gather evidence for its falsity. 


Fatebeliefs live largely undistinguished as such (often presenting themselves as factbeliefs) inside the subculture of our family, inside the culture of our society, inside our religions, and inside other schools of thought. Fatebeliefs often masquerade as factbeliefs, serving the purpose of making us feel safer and more comfortable in the moment. But it is empowering and helpful to distinguish our fatebeliefs from our factbeliefs because conflating fatebeliefs with factbeliefs can create much mischief.

A factbelief (which can provide varying degrees of certainty based on the available evidence) is based on the proof

that one is willing to provide or point to in support of that factbelief.


A fatebelief, in contrast, (which can provide complete certainty) is based on declaration alone (within a certain context) and the only way to assess the validity of a fatebelief is by asking ourselves, “If we live according to this fatebelief, is it likely to empower us in living a fully expressed and joyous life? Are there possible downsides to living inside this fatebelief?”

One must also choose fatebeliefs carefully so that they are not contradicted by any factbeliefs and so that they are congruent with one’s other fatebeliefs. A fatebelief must stay in the domain of declaration and not wander into the domain of assertion.


Fatebeliefs provide the context of our lives.

Factbeliefs provide the content of our lives.</