“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”–Winston Churchill
If you’ve ever decided to walk the path that leads to non-subjective truths and your relationship to the Universe, you probably discovered that such truths are elusive. Most often, the truth is viewed through the filter of our opinions and beliefs. The more persistent people understand that it is difficult to “sort the wheat from the chaff”.
Throughout our lives, we manage to sink into a lot of chaff but only manage to winnow a few precious grains from the overwhelming temptation to hang onto the comforting straw. After all, the desire to cling to our beliefs and opinions is a strong human trait.
To continue sorting out truths from BS is never something done in vain. Knowing the truth of the matter provides wholesome mental fuel that enables us to get closer to achieving our goals to live authentic, more satisfying lives. The beauty of the winnowing process is that although we will always run into plenty of chaff–with practice, the winnowing becomes easier. We won’t settle for “adulterated grain” manufactured and peddled by opinion makers and belief sellers. We seek out the “whole grain” that is nothing but the truth.
After careful, discerning observation, ancient astronomers realized that there were explanations as to why the Sun appears to travel across the sky. They could retire Apollo to the resting home of worn-out beliefs. The scientists were not satisfied with only determining why the Sun seems to move across the sky, their curiosity led them to figure out the hows and whys of the Solar System, and galaxies. Within the mysteries of the Universe, the astronomers and physicists continue to discover astonishing things and properties.
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”–Albert Einstein
One of my great uncles sometimes reminded me that our beliefs are our comfort zones. If we really want to live a good life we need to move beyond our comfort zones. While it might seem to be difficult and painful to reach beyond them, leaving the comfort zones is a matter of seeking and discovering our personal and social frontiers. Profound truths are rarely found within our comfort zones.
The truth is more powerful and stronger than myths and shibboleths. In other words the truth contains more substance than any truism or platitude.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”