True Thinking

“The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” ― John F. Kennedy [Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962]

How much of your views on the world around you would you say are the product of true thinking, versus opinion? Myths are painted on the glass walls and ceilings of churches, businesses, families, countries and individual hearts and minds. They color and shape the light coming in, and they persist when they are unchallenged by true thinking.

To transcend myth, you must find your way out of, as Abram was instructed in the biblical story, the limited confines of your “father’s house,” “country,” and “kindred.” You must learn to discern between myth and truth. This, as President Kennedy noted in his address, can be uncomfortable. Squaring the facts of living to truth rather than to a “prefabricated set of interpretations” requires courage, a willingness to think for oneself.

You cannot abdicate your personal responsibility for thinking and expect to be true to the truth.

3 thoughts on “True Thinking

  1. I think of Abram thinking beyond the confines of thought in his day and his realization he was not just doing it for himself. We each do have a personal responsibility to discern myth from truth that we may move forward in restoring our collective consciousness to its rigthful and crowning place. This does take some thinking that needs not be arduous but rather freeing.


    1. Joshua

      Moving out of the confines of our own thought patterns can be a little uncomfortable, and raise a lot of wherefore’s and what”s, However, when backed by the realization that we are being counted individually on by countless others, who might remain confined were we not to be liberated ourselves, puts matters into perspective.
      How large a world are we willing to live in? And if not us then who?


    2. lisa Willams

      Dear Steve,
      I Love that you saw Ahbraham’s vision as not just for himself , but for all , not just in an outcome but in a harmonious blending of consiouness!!!
      When JFK defines brilliantly is that we inherit that by which we filter out thoughts and beliefs. I wonder how to connect and unify all in a common bond???? That we may all experience that bond in a freeing experience together, rather than arduously , gives me hope!!!!!!!
      Thank you!!!!


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