What is truth?

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“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)

“I prefer to be true to myself even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” (Frederick Douglass)

“Telling the truth and making someone cry is better than telling a lie and making someone smile” (Paulo Coelho)

These quotations have common strands weaving within the pattern of their words. The revelation of truth is followed by the trials of ridicule and weeping and eventually results in freedom. Dina Blass notes that, “Everyone’s truth is their own truth. Everyone’s belief is their own belief. None are wrong. None are right. They just are. To deny someone their truth, is to deny yourself of yours…” Respect the opinions of others as everyone is entitled to them. Everyone’s perception of the truth is unique, based upon their specific backgrounds and life experiences. Understanding plays an integral role in the conceptualization of the truth. In addition to understanding, clarity is another important element which defines the truth. Clarity removes subjectivity, leaving behind the objective truth.

Truth hurts. It can inflict deep emotional wounds upon revelation. Yet ironically wounds are needed to invoke the healing process. Weeping and ridicule will occur as a natural reaction. The decision is to either seep in that emotion or take it and use it as a platform in life. In other words truth can either make you or break you. When the truth is revealed, it affects those who are directly involved. The reaction towards the situation makes a difference. It depends on the individual’s choice.

If the choice has been in the positive direction, then freedom will come. Freedom is in the form of a brand new start, through truth which cleanses the soul. Truth can be compared to a breath of fresh air that refreshes a room full of heat and tension. It comes in abruptly and changes everything, but in the end the room feels better. The heat and tension dissipates leaving a lighter and freer space. The metaphor of the room can be applicable to life. Truth comes into life. It gives the opportunity to assess the meaning of life, to ensure that life is being lived to the fullest and to implement any necessary changes. Truth sets you free. It hurts at first, but with positivity as a companion, life is changed for the better. There is an Arabic proverb which says, “What is coming is better than what is gone.” Truth erases the clutter of life and simultaneously makes space for the better opportunities in life.

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