“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.