The truth is, well, the truth. If there is one thing I have learned in the course of my life, it is that either people accept the truth or they do not. In not accepting the truth, they prefer illusion.
There are no two ways about this. Either it is the truth, or it is illusion.
But there’s a problem with discerning the truth, and that is when one’s understanding of the truth lies in one’s subconscious. There are two aspects to this: the things that one is unaware of that one likes – and the things that one is unaware of that one does not like.
The usual state of affairs in modern life is that people collect together based on their subconscious sympathies. That is to say, the things they like. These can range from football teams to specific ways to analyse data using statistical methods. The range of possibilities is practically endless – but the point to note here is that a subconscious sympathy is not going to be something that brings awareness. In the human, this conglomeration of conscious and unconscious sympathies is known as the ‘comfort zone’.
Awareness is brought through the things one does not like: that is to say, subconscious antipathies. This is an essential understanding if one is to even make a grasp at the reality of what truth is. This means that if one is to seek the truth, the first and inescapable truth is that one must be ready to accept one’s challenges. Not to do so is to join the multitude who have chosen what one might call the downward path.
The challenge itself comes from other people, some of whom will have different points of view to your own. If they offend you or upset you in any way, understand why this is: it is because their view of the truth happens to border on one of your antipathies. That is to say, they will hurt you.
You can imagine why people choose their friends carefully, and make sure that their conversations are meaningless: there is no challenge in a statement that is empty. Those who challenge them become the ‘outsiders’ – or the supporters of the other football team. Either way, those people hold the key to your own understanding of the truth. Without them, you are part of the downward path.
Which is why in our day and age, any denial of free speech in any shape or form will tell you that the person, government or organization is intent on self-destruction in one form or another.
There can be no two ways about this, for the truth is, well, the truth.
Which brings me to my final, and rather sad thought: Socrates spoke of the truth. Yet in offending those around him, the do-gooders of Athens sought to shut him up. The sad thing to note here is that long before the advent of Christ’s incarnation on earth, such people had already chosen the downward path. In denying the truth to be spoken, they did humanity the cruellest disservice possible: they forced those around them to accept their own illusions.
That, by any other name, is evil.