I suggest to anyone who listens…is that you attempt to write your "beliefs" down as if to your kids, as some of you don't have any, and you will find an absolutely amazing side effect. Every time you state a "fact" you find your self going back to research what you said to see if you are right. What a grand journey I had. I started writing to my daughter nearly 30 years ago, and spent almost 15 years in research. Now, have no doubt I did not go so far into such as micro biology or nuclear dynamics or such, but I dove into far more than I ever thought of. Did you know that some armadillos can postpone gestation for 5 years? Ever realize how fucked up cultures are where women actually are hoping for a male child simply because the culture demands it, and then even as mothers brutalize their daughter in law because she conceives a daughter? That's fucked up. Did you know many native american cultures enjoyed homosexual behavior and some even forced it on others? How about Alaskan tribes where kidnap and rape, ala the vikings was an accepted way of "marriage"? Cultures where parents would masterbate their children to show them how? Odd eh. Cultures where boys had to physically beat up their father in order to be considered a man?
Ever read about how cadavers were secretly bought by the top physicians of the day because the church would not allow it? Good stuff. How the Chinese at one time had the largest armada in the history of the world….in wood ships….but destroyed them because at one time they sailed all over the world giving gold and stones away as a way of showing how awesome they were, and finally realized they could not afford that? Duh. One thing leads to another and soon you are on a glorious journey into finding out if your 'beliefs" are real, make-believe or simply….not complete. Try it. Simply write one paragraph to your "child" but make sure it is factually correct….go on……make sure you are correct. Have fun.