The word deception implies that we believe something that is not true. Anyone that is deceived does not know it. If they did, they wouldn’t be deceived any longer. Some people will say that no one really knows anything for sure. But we do know that some things are certain. However many things are just theories. That means we have chosen to view certain things in certain ways. This does not mean that we claim those things are absolutes. We are simply saying we see these things as possibilities.
I believe it is important for us to understand that everything we believe is true in our own minds, but believing something is true does not make it true. It simply means that for now this is the way we see it. What is important here is not that we don’t have strong opinions, because I believe we do and should have strong opinions about things. We just need to make sure that we are not insistent. We should not say that the things we believe are true just because we believe them.
The benefit of the doubt implies that something that has been said is true even though it may not be. It means that we respect what others believe even though we may not agree with them. The older I get the more I understand that I have believed things in the past to be true that I no longer consider being facts. This makes me much more willing to listen to what others have to say and to see if there is any evidence that backs up their beliefs.