Information and belief.

“Information and belief” is legal language used to protect someone from perjury.
It basically says, “I don’t have firsthand information.
But from what I’ve been told, I believe it.”
That seems to define most of our beliefs.
We’ve been “lead to believe” them.
Firsthand information about the world is quite rare.
Most of our knowledge comes from others.
Not from direct observation and experience.
When I was in art school, I was lead to believe.
That Renaissance artists invented perspective.
The technique of representing reality on a two-dimensional surface.
In a way that looks true to life.
But now I’m not so sure.
Because I’ve been introduced to new information.
Prehistoric art in France’s Niaux Caves.
Intentionally and realistically rendered paintings of animal portraiture.
13,000-year-old masterpieces that art critic Jerry Saltz said rival the best works at the Louvre.
So now what?
Do I stick with my original belief?
Secondhand knowledge that most people still believe.
Or do I change my mind?
Goethe wrote, “Doubt grows with knowledge.”
A tenet to seriously ponder during today’s deluge of data.
We live in an age of information oppression.
And the more information, the less belief.