“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