We hear and read a lot of short, pithy sayings these days – Facebook is filled with memes, as are TV shows with their clever quips and one liners. We’re coming to the point that the “wisdom” we pick up comes from statements that consist of ten words or less.
But some statements – like, The Truth Will Set You Free – are statements of wisdom indeed, because they require a tremendous amount of thought and meditation in order to fully grasp their meaning.
When we find truth, we see the lies – and being freed from the lies does indeed free us.
It sounds so simple, so basic – and that’s because it is. But just because it’s simple and basic doesn’t mean that it’s simplistic and shallow, as are so many of the memes and quips.
What’s difficult is finding the truth, and sifting out from it the lies – because the best lies, the most powerful lies, incorporate elements of truth in them. As we accept those elements of truth, we also – if we’re not alert – fall into accepting the lies that attach themselves, like parasites, to the truth.
Seeking truth, finding truth, living with truth – this requires time and effort, the willingness to ask many, many questions, and the ability to look at the answers we are given and analyze them for truth and meaning. It’s far, far easier to sit in front of the TV screen and absorb the announcer’s words, accepting everything he or she says as truth, than it is to sit up and say,
“Wait a minute! Look at how you’re using those images in the background to spark my emotions and make me feel angry, or fearful, or anxious – and then your words just emphasize those feelings. You are literally playing upon my emotions.”
Just that little bit, that little observation, that willingness to wake up from slumber, moves us one step closer to truth, and one step closer to freedom.
April 17th, 2017
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