“People who pride themselves on their “complexity” and deride others for being “simplistic” should realize that the truth is often not very complicated. What gets complex is evading the truth.” – Thomas Sowell
The better part of human activity is wrought under the banner of evading the truth. Much of it is done unknowingly, though a fair bit of it is done deliberately and with specific intent.
No area of human concern – health, happiness, fulfillment or any of the other of the holy grails that they race around the earth trying to secure – is exempt from this fundamental reality. The truth is rarely complex or complicated. It tends to be plain, commonsensical and easy to decipher unless you are ensnared in the web of obscuring complexity that often surrounds a simple truth.
“The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.” – Aristotle
7 thoughts on “Evading the Truth”
Most when presented with the choice to do the right thing, will. That being said it is our job, to seek creative new ways to back the tendencies toward the evasion of the Truth, into a corner whereby others become aware that the evasion was present, and in them, that it might be put to an end, and ultimately the Truth faced squarely.
So often it seems, that we tussle with right and wrong, but it is an imaginary fight. There is no real right and wrong. Morality changes with each era, culture and government. The truth is simple, beautiful and takes the weight of the world off of those struggling shoulders!
I love your orientation to the simplicity of what is true. Here there is a healthy relaxation and an infilling of life.
What you are saying here, if truly adopted by humankind could have the power to bring down the court systems and entertainment industries – how many investigations, trials, movies of all genres are built on this premise of deviation. They would all resolve immediately – think of how much more time we would have on our hands! For that matter, how much less complicated can I make my own living, health, and relationships by recognizing this trap of deviation? A lot of food for thought here! Thank you!
I love this quote by Mahatma Gandhi about truth. “An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
When looking for the truth often it is the simplest answer and often it’s not the accepted belief. It can be stranger than fiction because it usually isn’t accompanied with a detailed explanation, it’s power is inherent.
Yes, in truth there is the path provided towards fulfillment. The passage towards the attainment of a worthy goal must occur through the roads of reality, whether we start there or we deviate from there and then have to find our way back – doesn’t matter. Once this is realized, you can see the futility quite clearly of trying to ‘cheat the system’ or ‘hack it’ or whatever – you simply work serenely and every day is another day to make deliberate choices to move closer to your goals given the quite reasonable limits that are always present and part of the situation.
It is often easy to confound a liar as they are not able to remember the myriad details of their deception! There is a reason that simplicity is held in high regard. While it is sometimes possible to beguile a person with an impressive show of complexity, you can’t fool everyone all of the time. Honest skepticism and simplicity will find the truth of things and will outlast showboating and flashy complexity designed to confound.