Truth isn’t what it used to be

Go peaceful
in gentleness
through the violence of these days.
Give freely.
Show tenderness
in all your ways.*
(Paul Field)

When we declare ourselves wise, we’re probably not.

Even when we think we’re right about something, it’s likely we’ve missed something.

There’s truth that is the reality of things and there is the truth of what can be imagined into being.

There’s a lot of truth, then, much of it yet undiscovered.

The best truth of all sees good things being produced for others, enabling them to flourish.  And the same goes for the world as for people.

New truths will always uphold the best of the truth we already know and question the truth that seeks to imprison.

Some think they possess the truth or they want us to follow their truth.  They may even hurt us to make this so, something Terry Tempest Williams brought me face-to-face with this morning as I read:

‘In Iran, Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist, is arrested on charges of waging war against God; she is serving a four-year prison sentence.  Lolo, a Tibetan singer, arrested for recording an album that called for Tibet’s independence and the return of the Dalai Lama, is sentenced to six years in prison.  Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, a Rwandan and editor of the independent newspaper Umurabyo, was arrested on grounds of corruption after publishing opinion pieces criticising the government; she is now serving a four-year prison sentence.  Mikola Statkevich, a politician and presidential candidate from Belarus, was sentenced to three years’ labour for organising mass protests against lifting presidential term limits.’**

New truth may challenge established truth.

It appears that each of us is capable of producing new truth when we are most creative, wherein we are connecting with what lies beyond ourselves:

‘A […] way of attaining union lies in creative activity, be it that of the artist, or of the artisan.  In any kind of creative work the creative person unites himself with his material, which represent the world outside himself.’^

The more creative we are the greater the possibility of resistance, as John O’Donohue allows for when he writes:

‘A life that wishes to honour its own possibilities has to learn too how to integrate the suffering of dark and bleak times into a dignity of presence.’^^

Perhaps this is why we fall in line with what others are doing or to “copy and paste” their ideas – Hugh Macleod asks:

‘And since when did avocado toast become a thing … ?’*^

We need your truth and we need to figure out better ways of bringing our truth together into a better world.

(*Paul Field, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land.)
(^From Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving.)
(^^From John O’Donohue’s Eternal Echoes.)
(*^From gapingvoid’s blog: How to create an innovation mindset.)


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