There seems to be so much dishonesty in our world lately. It’s as though it’s become almost impossible to discern fact from fiction. But truth is something that is an individual determination. How you come to your own truth is as important as the facts or fiction you choose to base it upon. What may be true for you may not be so for someone else. When you attempt to impose your truth upon others is where the seeds of division are sown. This applies for people regardless of their role and isn’t confined to the world of politics or any other segment of society.
It’s important that we be in touch with our own inner truths. It is our inner compass that guides our decisions and anchors us in the Universe. Truth though can and often does change over time. I know for me, many of the truths I inherited or were taught early in life are no longer valid. When we are open to the world and listen to Spirit’s wisdom, we are willing to have our truths tested. It takes courage to decide that it is time to discard an old belief and be willing to see another perspective. When we are too rigid, we become stale and our spiritual development is stunted.
This topic came to me as a result of the recent information in the entertainment industry. While so many expressed surprise that icons of the public had behaved badly, the reality is that such behavior knows no political boundaries. What is ironic though is that those who profess to stand in such pure moral ground have stood silent. What does that say about truth? For them, perhaps the truth that such conditions exist in an industry that holds itself as the high ground has exposed the fraud that always existed. It seems to me that some weren’t truly living in that truth until they realized it no longer served their own purpose.
I know many people who seem to get their perspectives from public icons and rarely question the authenticity of the information and/or the person. When you strongly hold a particular viewpoint, it can create a situation where no matter what the facts are they simply don’t apply or matter in that instance. This is known as confirmation bias. What you read or hear is filtered through a lens of the position on a topic you hold. Therefore, when it is revealed that this wasn’t true, we may dismiss it as an anomaly or minimize its impact. Further, when we are rigid in a particular truth or perspective, we often only seek information that confirms our perspective or spin things to fit into our viewpoint. When you look at the state of politics today, you see this played out in what news channels people rely upon, what social media posts they choose to engage with, and how they approach those with differing views.
The challenge for all of us is to remain open. I have chosen to take a perspective of non-attachment where it becomes easier to discern the presence of opinion or spin. Not reacting to things, waiting for more information, seeking conflicting perspectives, and then simply observing, has become a healthier way for me to live. Respecting the truth in others as equally valid to my own is essential if you are committed to the higher path. Humility is a great tool to remind myself that my own truth in a particular instance is no more noble or valuable than another. In this way, I am able to not allow myself to be easily agitated or judgmental. Remaining in inquiry is also a great approach and being willing to seek out and accept other perspectives can open me to a deeper self-awareness. It also allows me to connect with others at a deeper level.
So what is your truth? Do you try to impose your truth upon others? Are you willing to accept that someone else’s perspective is equally true? Can you respect the person while perhaps disagreeing with them? Since we don’t know the path they have journeyed on, I believe we are not entitled to criticize what they see is true for them. When we can step into this uncomfortable place without judgment, name-calling, or being dismissive, we move from destructive to creative. Love can be found at the intersection of our collective brokenness and diversity but only if we step into that space with mutual respect, openness, and humility.
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