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A Short Essay About The Truth.

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.

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4 thoughts on “A Short Essay About The Truth.

  1. Hi Gemma, what a thought provoking post.. I love to have these sort of ideas rattling around my head in the morning! Do you think that my truth is your truth also? Is there only one truth? Are you familiar with the hindu idea of Dharma, and he idea that verybody has their own personal truth.. this is the idea that I like the most I think. I also agree with you that it is so sad that Socrates was restricted, I believe civilisation was sent the wrong was many years ago, by the authorities of that era. Are you religious at all? Have a good day. (And also thank you so much for re-posting my blog on the truth behind mental illness! Means a lot!)

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Alex.

      The truth is a little like your thought on the colour purple: we all see it slightly differently. That doesn’t make purple any different – it does mean that our individual circumstances mean that we relate to it in a different way.

      When two people discuss the truth, they will both have their own conceptions of it – mostly right. But not quite near enough for it to be the absolute truth. Each in sharing will be giving the other a new perspective on the truth – just as you did with your blog post the other day. Those who love the truth will love to hear different ideas about it. Your post was so clear, so engaging and so frank that it blew me away. Truly, I felt humbled by it, knowing that my own book is something of a shadow compared to yours. That won’t stop me writing it, it only means you really are on a mission that will bring not just joy, but a realization of who and what they are – and the challenges they face. The realities of those challenges, that is to say, that they can meet and overcome their challenges too. That ca’t be done if the person can only prescribe tranquilizers to subdue the very symptoms that should tell them how to heal their patient.

      The pity is that like the Athenians who put Socrates to death, there are too many who don’t want to know. Too many who would rather tranquilize their patient than learn anything from them. They hate to be told that they are wrong, and will go to great lengths to ensure that others are protected from this kind of intrusive behaviour.

      PS I’d be delighted to read your book 😉 You have my email address.

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      1. Alex, you’ll find my email next to any comments I have made on your website. You’ll find this in the ‘comments’ section of your WordPress Admin – at least on the old system which is much easier to use.

        As to humbling, it seems we’re both pretty good at feeling it!

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