Snippets of truth
I don't know about you, but as I get older, I've been discovering certain things about truth:
1. It's usually pretty simple. Now, I don't ever confuse simple with easy. As an example I was asking a group of young Bible students what was the 2nd highest mountain in the world (these kids are pretty smart, so I wanted to plumb the depths of their knowledge). They were a bit stumped, so I told them it was K2. I then asked how does one get to the top? One young lady said "Climb". Now, I was heading for "put one foot in front of another until you're at the top". But her comment was, well, simpler. So I then asked them if climbing the to the top of the 2nd highest mountain in the world was easy? They all replied no. But I told them it was simple. Never confuse the two.
2. The truth is usually fairly straightforward, direct. No shilly shallying.
3. It is resolute. It is unchanging. Beliefs may change. The truth doesn't.
4. As a consequence of #3:Truth is usually hard and not too uncommonly painful. It destroys all that is flung against it and therefore causes pain as reality takes over the fiction or the lie or closely held belief.
5. However painful,it is also liberating. Realization may be painful, and liberation also is usually found to be painful.
6.Because of this pain, very few people ever really seek the truth. Oh, they say they do. If asked the question "If you were wrong, would you want to know?" everyone would say yes. But were that the truth, there would be no left wingers. And no RINO's. As a very good friend of mine once said "You can not be well informed and intellectually honest AND be a left winger".
7. I usually find that when I discover a truth, it suddenly is so apparent, like I did know or at least should have known it all along.
And number 7 brings me to why I wrote this blog piece.
I was doing an internet search and came across an article from Kentucky about the fact that gun buy-ups don't work. And preceding the main point of the article I came across this small piece of truth:
"The natural assumption among adults living in this Commonwealth is that when we formulate public policy that affects the lives of all our citizens we'll be guided by facts and knowledge as adults should be, and NOT by emotions or childish fears. This is, after all, what adults are supposed to do." (Article here ).
And as I read it, it occurred to me that this was the truth. Simple, direct, to the point.