Will the Truth Really Set You Free?
If your first thought was, “Whose truth?” give yourself a gold star. It’s a trick question.
Pretending there is one truth to tell is a bit like looking at all the colors of the world and asking, “Which is the real color?”Or looking at all the birds and asking, “Which is the real bird?”
“Truth" is always viewed through the filter of our own experiences, biases, beliefs and values. (Yes, you can argue that gravity and other laws of physics are simply true, but that’s not really the truth we are speaking about here, is it?)
It doesn’t take long for the curious mind to understand that “their” truth and “your” truth can both be true at the same time.
So the more valuable question becomes, “Does your truth set you free?”
I have had many friends and acquaintances who are religious. Setting aside the specifics of their beliefs, there are some whose beliefs and practices are completely evident in their high energy, compassion, openness, gratitude, curiosity and joy. They are, daily and by any measure, set free by the truths they hold dear.
There are also some whose beliefs and practices are completely evident in their low energy, rigidness, hatred, judgment, lack of curiosity and the turmoil that surrounds them. They are, daily and by any measure, imprisoned by the truths they hold dear.
Both of their “truths” go by the same name.
Will the truth really set you free?Perhaps, the more important question is, “Am I set free by what I see as true?”
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It is true that people can be incredibly generous and caring. It is true that people can be selfish and cruel. Which one I choose as my truth - and therefore, what I expect and, in a 100 subtle ways help make it true - determines whether I feel free or imprisoned.
Nelson Mandela was, literally and physically, imprisoned for 27 years. The truth that he chose set him free - first in mind, then in body.
Reality will always be full of these contrasting truths, no matter what you believe. (That is reality!) The question is, will you be free in the midst of it?
Will the truth really set you free?
That’s up to you.