This podcast is a project that we did where we wrote an essay about one of our beliefs. Mine was about having reasoning for your beliefs. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6zSDHQQ_eqoOXNPS00zTkRleDg/edit?usp=sharing
No matter where you come from, your religion, your upbringing, or even your age, you have beliefs. Beliefs can be as simple as doing the right thing, or as complex as worshipping your version of God. No matter what they are about, they should always have a reason behind them. If you believe that there is a god called the Flying Spaghetti Monster, then you need to do a reality check. The whole point of having a belief is to have logic and reasoning behind it, or else you'll have false expectations of yourself and others, and that's my most important belief.
My parents raised me to respect everything, from strangers passing you on the street, to the plants that grow in the woods. I grew up playing in the woods with my brother, climbing trees and pretending to have sword fights with sticks. We would spend hours out there, just using our imagination and our surroundings to come up with dramatic tales and plots for battles. My brother and I absolutely loved the woods, and we would be out thee any time we had free time. However, we would always make sure to be careful not to destroy plants, because there's no reason to. They never did anything to hurt us, so why hurt them?
No matter what you believe in, you should always back it up with reasoning. Beliefs are like a thesis paper. You have to state your thesis, and have research and facts behind the thesis. No teacher will accept your thesis if you have nothing to back it up, even if they don't agree with the thesis. You can think of society as your professor, and your belief as your thesis paper. If you tell someone you believe in a certain thing and have nothing to back it up, people will just blow you off. If you think something is true, stand behind it with everything you have, because you have a reason to believe in it.