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Monday, January 07, 2008

Truth or Dare

Truth is not a relative concept but it is a relative term. The truth is what is known and understood at a particular point in time. Does truth change? Yes, as additional knowledge is obtained and new understanding is derived. Truth is never intentionally inaccurate but it can be as misleading as a lie. Furthermore, it is possible to misuse the truth. Reliability of truth is dependent upon its source and the discrimination exercised in its use. Truth is a two way street requiring worthiness and trust. It is imperative that society create conditions to foster those qualities in individuals.

Cultural customs, traditions, moral codes, and scientific facts provide people footing, a source of balance, while reaching into the unknown attempting to achieve progress. The education that helps people achieve their state of worthiness is a shared responsibility of families and institutions of society. Each person in a society leads a life that serves as an example of whether and how they contribute to progress of the whole.

Life is a process of constant adjustment flowing from information, tempered by personal experience, and fueled by motivation. What, where, when, how, and why define any event, occurrence, or aspect of life. Knowledge of what, where, and when proceed how and why. To master each is to advance in levels of consciousness, and to master them all achieves a degree of wisdom and understanding that grants a brief view of a small segment of life. At best, it is the start from which to explore the future and distant points of interest. Success is measured for the individual and society in terms of health, happiness, and contribution to the value and meaning of life. More and more this depends upon a world view and life affirmation for all creatures. Ever present is the tension between conflicts of interest and progress of the whole, pride and humility, faith and reason, heart and mind, emotion and intellect.

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