Holding truth gently

An apt post in this time of disparities of beliefs. Disparities which play a major role in several absolutely vital issues affecting the future of our global civilization.

Firstly we have the current topic of the “War on of Terror”. The cause of military mayhem, war crimes, murder and civilian devastation.

Secondly, the “war on Carbon”. The selected justification for recreating global political and financial upheavals, actually creating global chaos.

Thirdly, the “Global Financial Crisis”, still real and threatening to bring down the current financial system in an almighty crash.

All these issues suffer from the inability of the appropriate people to see or accept reality. Their concept of truth is such that it is in the eyes of the beholder. As this article wisely suggests, rigid adherence to perceived truths can be detrimental.

Journey Through the Chrysalis

“Truth is best served by recognizing a viewpoint as only a viewpoint, and refraining from taking that extra step of regarding it as true to the exclusion of all other views. In other words, all views—even correct views—are best held gently, rather than grasped firmly.” ~Andrew Olendzki

I was raised in a faith tradition that believed that there was one truth, one right viewpoint, and the goal of life seemed to be grasping that one true viewpoint as firmly as possible.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to let go of that surety. Not only am I less sure that it is possible for me to know the absolute truth of anything, but I am also more convinced that clinging to a viewpoint with that kind of ferocity makes it less likely that those with other views will be able to get beyond my attitude enough to even hear my…

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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1 Response to Holding truth gently

  1. An appropriate quote courtesy, Sott.net:
    “The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.”
    – Aldous Huxley

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