“Man has always sacrificed truth to his vanity, comfort and advantage. He lives… by make-believe.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938
I think it’s safe to say that every man, woman and child on earth is a seeker of truth. Some are more passionate than others, devoting more of their life’s energies to the discovery of the truth, while others prefer to pursue at a snail’s pace.
Seeking is necessary but not sufficient to knowing the truth. Truth lives in nature, reveals itself if you give up preconceived ideas and stands by itself. It is ever-present, and you needn’t travel far to encounter it. You may start as a seeker, but at some point you must admit to yourself that you found that which you sought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both.” I suspect that truth is associated with discomfort because so much in the world today is divorced from the basic principles of truth. The discomfort typically associated with truth is more due to the feeling of isolation that comes from swimming upstream than it is to the truth itself.
That said, I encourage you not to be afraid to cultivate a rich and permanent relationship with truth. When you live your life in accordance with its principles and laws, the truth bring naught but comfort, joy and a deep sense of peace and assurance, regardless of the caviling and denunciations of those who are unwilling to face the truth in their own lives.
Whatever your pace, keep moving, but never forget that the truth is with you and in you always!
“Seeker of Truth” by E.E. Cummings
seeker of truth
follow no path
all paths lead where
truth is here
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I agree that the truth isn’t hard by nature. If the truth hurts, it’s only because you’re realizing you’ve been doing the wrong thing. That’s not the truth’s fault. I takes course to do the right thing when others won’t, but the good news is that it gets easier with time. Thanks!
Thanks – beautiful message.
There are laws that can’t be broken without paying a price. I’m always mindful that there is an accounting. I’m not sure how it is done, but every religion talks about it. I do know in my own heart, that if I deviate from the laws I am aware of, I pay the price in peace of mind and heart. I also believe the agitation in my heart will eventually impact my body. There’s enough stress from just living with out sabotaging what is in my control!
We were designed carefully and to have the full joy of that requires we are as careful to obey the laws.
Really good post, thanks.
In my life, I have found that one characteristic of truth is that all truth is related- there is no separation from one truth to the next. Truth is also all around us- so you don’t need to seek far and wide to find your starting point with it. Then, like bread crumbs left along the trail, it can easily be followed to the next truth. But, as you said, finding it is not the end of the game- it is really just the beginning, for in application comes the real reward- applying what you have found to better your world. Thanks for your profound words today Gregg.
I can really relate to this: “The discomfort typically associated with truth is more due to the feeling of isolation that comes from swimming upstream than it is to the truth itself.” This post really helps . . .there is only one choice. Thanks!
Do you know Shel Silverstein’s poem The Perfect High?
Interesting little story about Gimmesome Roy – crazy the bill of goods people will seek and buy