Paradigms are the way we see life: they are our governing beliefsystems. They are the mental construct of what the world is supposedly like. Paradigms are an effort to make things explainable and understandable. A paradigm is a certain way of looking at things, it is a point of view. It is how we have come to view the world.
Paradigms are unquestioned convictions, unquestioned because almost everyone has accepted and bought into that same view of life. A few centuries ago we believed that the world was flat, that was the accepted paradigm. The paradigm of a globe, where you do not fall off on the other side because of a force called gravity, was unimaginable. For some reason, we didn't question the paradigm, until someone did.
In ancient Egypt common belief was totally different from what it is today. And it is likely that it will be completely different from today in another 2000 years. Common belief is not necessarily a truth, it is just a common belief!
On a more personal level, believing that life is a struggle, a fight, is quite different from believing that life is a holiday, a carnival! Paradigms are beliefs about life, not necessarily true or accurate. Believing something about life doesn't make life that way. Believing that the world is flat, even if we all do, does not make it so. That's the subtle but profound difference between principles and paradigms, truths and beliefs.
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