September 9, 2013

An Inconvenient Truth Monday

"People don't want to hear the truth 
because they don't want their illusions destroyed."
 - Friedrich Nietzsche 

If truth knocked most people down in the middle of the street they would pick themselves up, dust their clothes off, then bustle along as if nothing had happened. We prefer the reassuring lie over the inconvenient, uncomfortable truth, because sometimes the truth threatens to overwhelm us.

But how do we prepare for a new world if we fail to confront the truths of our day?

One does not need to belong to a secret society, or dwell in the ivory tower to learn of the few basic truths that confront us like looming brick walls. Pushing the gas pedal of the golden Engine of Progress is not going to break us on through to the other side.


Inconvenient Truths


As I see it, the following are a few brick walls that we will need to dismantle,  climb over, or navigate around soon.

  • We live within a closed, finite system that makes infinite growth impossible.
  • The more we mess with nature, the worse we make it. We are killing the planet.
  • Unnecessary competition and struggle does not create the best conditions for peaceful, joyful, sustainable living. 
  • War and violence accomplish nothing positive. 
  • Taking care of each other is the only way the human experiment will ever be successful ("socialism" if you feel a label helps, although I call it basic decency, love, or compassion).
  • Money and the things that can be bought with it will never make anyone happy past a certain modest and limited level.
  • We are not separate from nature, or each other. What we do to harm others also harms us.
  • We are not our stuff, or what we do for a living. We are not our thoughts or memories, and we are not just a physical body. What we are is bigger than all of this, and dwelling in comfortable illusions only gets in the way of the realization of our true identity, peace and contentment.

The lies may be reassuring, but at least we are beginning to recognize them as lies. When we know we are being lied to, we also can become aware of the truth that will set us free.

It is time to seek out those inconvenient truths, regardless of how uncomfortable it may be tearing down our familiar illusions brick by brick, lie by lie. It is time to speak out.

Be prepared for a backlash - you will need to be strong. George Orwell noted long ago that "the more a society drifts from the Truth, the more it will hate those that speak it."

2 comments:

  1. "We are not our stuff, or what we do for a living. We are not our thoughts or memories, and we are not just a physical body. What we are is bigger than all of this, and dwelling in comfortable illusions only gets in the way of the realization of our true identity, peace and contentment."

    This was recently brought home for me on even a deeper level. My brother died unexpectedly 2 weeks ago. At his memorial service this past Saturday, I realized that everything that others were focused on, what he did for a living, his failed body, his possessions and accomplishments, none of that mattered, none of that was who he was. Who he was, who we all are, is a connection of energy. That energy didn't die, that connection never ended. It's the only thing that is true in the end.

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    1. Miss Marla, Sorry to hear of your loss. However, I agree completely with your take on the situation.

      While the death of the body may be sad for those of us that go on without our friend or family member's physical form, they on the other hand, are liberated. We should be happy for them and their transformation.

      The individual wave stills and rejoins the water, or the energy pool - the common source of all.

      "It's the only thing that is true in the end."

      Yes, and once we realize this everything else comes into sharp focus, and perspective is restored. Simplicity, peace, contentment and unconditional love can then come into our lives.

      Take care. We are here for you.

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