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Revisiting: Your Truth, My Truth, The Truth.

Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.
~ Henry Ward Beecher.

In a very real sense, deception is rampant these days. It is no longer surprising to find people telling the biggest lies to those they are close with …… All of us want to know the truth. But, truth is merely a product of perception. And perceptions could be colored by experience. Consequently, there aren’t really lies if we believe them to be true. Definite and subjective meanings will continue to exist for the purpose and meaning of what is deemed to be the truth.

Truth telling is the avoidance of lying, deception, misrepresentation or non-disclosure in interactions. The problem with telling the truth is, it can be just as painful or destructive as a lie. Sometimes more so. But, don’t you think it is only when we speak the truth, say what is true and not say what is not true, we are worthy of trust and hopefully the people around us can understand, feel cared for and safe?

Indeed, this is not easy to do. However, a lot of unnecessary ugliness could be avoided if people choose to be upright by speaking truthfully. Be mindful, nothing ever good comes from lying or dishonesty. Lying is impractical. Words when uttered are like feathers being blown all over and, it is impossible for us to pick up every single feather that is blown. One lie will naturally lead to another and consequently a web of deceit is created. Tell it like it is. No posturing. No pretense. No spin doctoring. No emotional attack. No assumption. No fear based language and do not harm – as words can either cause tremendous harm or have a healing effect.

We often hear truth will set us free. Truth will prevail. Sadly, truth is but what we believe to be truth. At one point, I wasn’t sure what trust could mean to me because some of the people close to me weren’t trustworthy. And because of these few bad apples, I developed a distorted view that I can’t trust anybody. There is rarely a single truth – truth is relative to one’s life experience. And, truth will remain as individual as our version of reality. Truth will have a variety of meanings and absolute right and wrong could probably become doubtful and obscure.

Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments. Whether it is going to be your truth, my truth or the truth, it will be a disaster when only one kind of truth prevails at the expense of another. There aren’t any absolute or real truth for the truth seeker. There are so many different people living around us these days – it is normal or bound to have many different ways others could possibly look at things. Lastly, with hindsight and a little bit wiser, I can’t say I trust everybody because many people truly aren’t trustworthy …… And in a world where people are so engaged in reacting to events, I choose to place my trust first in God as He is the one who will faithfully be all that He promises to be.

Warmest Wishes and Blessings to all of you !!!

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38 Comments

  1. Lyn Leahz says:

    Thank you for this much needed post! God bless you!

  2. schizobrilliant says:

    “Nobody ever sees truth except in small fragments.” I totally agree with this, and it inspired me to write a new blogpost. Thank you!

  3. I remember the advisement…”Be careful what you wish for..As you might actually get it” The same can be said of the truth.. And in the words of Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in “A Few Good Men” “You can’t handle the truth”..

  4. This is all well said Michael :D I concur with you on so many levels.
    Sherline :D

  5. ronahope says:

    I applaud u Micheal!! so true… u chose well and no one cold disagree. Nice one!

  6. ronahope says:

    Reblogged this on ronahope1 and commented:
    Take a moment to read!

  7. bibuji says:

    Friday has come..I’m glad I can tell you “have a nice weekend” again. Yes, it would be impossible to tell the truth, yet we could tell everything truthfully. Assumption will only expanded in itself. Quest for truth will sharpen the point of view

  8. Wayne Augden says:

    Michael, this is an excellent, really interesting article, and it got me to thinking. I’m reminded of the old which came first the chicken or the egg story. In the beginning, the very beginning, of all we’ve come to know there had to be truth. A truth that has always been, is, and will always be. Just as we see a house, we know that before it was a house, there was a builder. When I look at the terms truth and perception, I’d have to say that truth came first, and perception came as a result of a failure to acknowledge and abide in it, and a deliberate turning away from it in order to pursue pleasure. Perception is a house built of cards built to fit our desires and the ways in which we wish to live, but when the winds come and the house comes down, the cards are still there. Truth is the deck of cards, perception is how they’re played. Just a thought, Michael. I can always count on you to make me think and give me a different perspective, and that’s a good thing. Thank you for all you do my friend. God bless you and your family.

    • Michael says:

      Thank you for sharing your insight with us. Very true indeed. When we were young, we believe in everything there is the truth – one, single truth. As we grow up, again and again, we are fed with what claims to be the truth. These truths influence us in many aspects of our day-to-day living. So much so, many people are taken over by these perceptions – which may affect the way we live, interact or view others. Thinking allowed, we cherish universal peace regardless of who we are. But the interpretation of truth have the potential to cause havoc among us as well …….. Have a great weekend, Wayne.

  9. Truth can have so many ways of looking at it. The truth that we should follow
    is the truth of who we are and what we believe. It is much more difficult to face the truth within us if we are trying to please someone else. Another thought provoking post, Michael. Blessings …
    Happy Weekend to you ….!!!!!
    Isadora

    • Michael says:

      Happy Evening Isadora. Thanks for visiting and commenting. The truth is nobody sees the truth except in fragments. I reckon we have to be fully aware of this. But at times we have to detach our concern with what is happening around us in order to have a great weekend. 😊

  10. hotelgoddess says:

    for whatever reason, people feel the pressures of society to lie to others, loved ones and themselves! to thee self be true: words to live by!

  11. “And in a world where people are so engaged in reacting to events, I choose to place my trust first in God as He is the one who will faithfully be all that He promises to be.”

    Amen!♥ Press on Michael! :) God bless! :)

  12. pennycoho says:

    I would know of this truth Michael, for I fear the greatest deception engineered by man is his/my own. God – the shining light of my life – who is with us in dreams, through nature, and in all things expresses himself so clearly that it is like thunder in my heart and yet I cannot know his truth from my doubts/fears and yet I care so very deeply it is a hurt inside when witnessing humanities cruelty to itself. Yes I would know of this truth. He does, I don’t but I do so try.

  13. Trust in GOD to manage everything this is the only way for me I am not smart enough to navigate our damaged world any other way. Enjoyed this post.

  14. Ebony Brown says:

    “But, truth is merely a product of perception. And perceptions could be colored by experience….” Nicely stated! Great Post!

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