All people believe some things to be true that are not. All of us are deceived to some extent, though we would probably all deny it. It is not a pleasant thought to think that we are living our life, making decisions, establishing values on the basis of information that we think is right on, when in fact it is totally false. If what I just said is true, how does that happen, how is it that we would sincerely believe something to be true that is not. How does someone or a group of people fool us to believing a lie.
A naive person goes on in his deceived state not really caring, and certainly not concerned about finding out what is really true, but a wise person understands how easy it is to be influenced by the world and it’s values and philosophy, and is ruthless and obsessed with discovering real truth.
The process of sorting through the values, opinions, philosophies, and beliefs of the world must begin with ourselves, in the sense of our off base values, character flaws, blind spots, and faulty paradigms. Proverbs 14:8 says, “The wisdom of the sensible is to understand his ways.” Why do I do some of the things I do? What motivates me, really? Spending time thinking reflectively and practicing self-evaluation in an honest and non-defensive way is part of what a wise person seeking truth does. They do this routinely as a disciplined part of their pursuing maturity.