I have fallen in love with a television show I first discovered on the Ion television network; Criminal Minds. Now, every Wednesday night I tune into CBS to watch new episodes of Criminal Minds. For those of you who may not know (but should quickly find out), Criminal Minds is a criminal drama show that follows a team of FBI profilers from the Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virgina. Week after week, this team of profilers travels around the country tracking down serial killers by analyzing the serial killers behavior. To my delight, I am not the only person who is fascinated by the mechanics of chasing down a killer based on a psychological and behavioral profile. Before you become alarmed, I am not into digesting the gory details behind the torture serial killers inflict upon their victims. My interest lies in the psyche of the serial killer, that dark and twisted side of human beings that leads them to commit unspeakable and heinous acts. And, if truth be told, Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler aren’t too bad to look at every Wednesday night.
Avid fans of Criminal Minds no doubt are familiar with the quotes that are inserted in every episode. Today, I came across a quote featured on the show by Robert Oxton Bolton which says “A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.” I began to wonder, what is a belief that possesses the mind. Is this a religious belief? Is it a political ideology? Is it a belief in one’s dreams/talents? Without getting too specific, some of the beliefs I would have once categorized as possessing my mind have lost some of their grip. This is not to say that I have abandoned these beliefs, nor that I will render them obsolete in my life. In one form or another, these beliefs will trace who I am today and who I will be tomorrow. Yet, a trace is a long stretch behind possession. For that which possesses us generally encompasses the air we breathe, the food we eat, the places we go, the people we befriend, and the relationships we cultivate.
Will these beliefs ever possess my mind again? I don’t know, but my hope is that my life will forever be outlined by a thirst to keep learning, growing, and searching for the truth.