It is like you have these two choices, either it is not true, or it is true. So, which is it? I hear a lot of people arguing about what is not true and what is true. Is truth absolute? We fight for our right to defend it, as it separates us one from the other, and some are even ready and willing to commit murder in the defense of what is true.
What is truth? When you believe in something so much that it must be “true?” And what is belief? Abraham says, “Belief is only a thought that you keep thinking.”
If you think about it, you can probably think back to a tightly held belief that you knew was true. In fact, you would bet your life on it, even defend your belief and risk your life for it. Why? Because it represented the truth.
I know that was me. For me, love and belief go hand-in-hand, and I would fight, even risk my own life, in the defense of true love, or the truth. (Oh, the self-righteousness of youth.)
We are so polarized by this idea of defending the truth, that we, as a people, can hardly communicate about some ideas without risking conflict.
Why can’t we all be right?
I think about our forefathers, the founders of The United States of America, how brave they were to think they could establish a country that was free. An environment where people could have freedom of thought, expression, and belief, without risk of being forced to fit into social molds.
If I were around then, I would have been overjoyed to have been invited to participate in developing such an environment. They had such a good idea. But like all attempts to establish a Utopian society, it’s just too difficult to maintain on our world at the moment.
I like the idea of loving in a world with freedom of thought, expression, and belief, so much, that I do what I can to create such a world around me. I do my best to honor what others think, what they do, and what they believe, even if their point of view is vastly different from what I think, do, or believe.
Even so, I do occasionally catch myself being assertive about what I think, do, or believe, and when I do, I quickly back down and remember that everything, every thought that has ever been thought and every belief which has ever been believed is in the truth continuum. That is to say, everything is, or has been, truth at some time or place in time and space.
So, what’s the big deal?
Just because I am not in alignment with someone else’s truth doesn’t mean whatever it is isn’t true.
When I look back and think of all the things I’ve fervently believed in the past, I could feel bad about being so judgmental or could easily fall into judgment of myself because I should have known better, and certainly do now, because I have new information that I didn’t have back then.
But in the truth continuum, all things are true. So, the things that I believed to be true were true, and they are still true for someone, somewhere, and I honor that. It lets me off the hook with myself, and with others as well.
It’s not about asserting, “It is not true,” or, “It is true.” It’s more about your right to be you.
The next time you feel compelled to debate over what’s right or wrong, you might consider thinking (and even saying out loud), “That’s interesting,” instead of asserting your point of view over someone else’s. And isn’t someone else’s point of view interesting? I find different ideas that people are passionate about fascinating.
As we, as humans, continue to grow and evolve, there will be a lot more of this lifestyle of tolerance without judgment, and there will a lot less, assertion, or compulsion to control others. The natural state of being will be peace and harmony.
I remember a tenet from the sixties and seventies that promoted the idea that you should be free to do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others to do likewise. That thought resonated with me. It’s like we have all these laws to control each other, when we could be just allowing each other just to “be.”
While Jesus had His moments of telling people what to believe and what was right and wrong, He hit the nail on the head (carpenter reference) and summed it up beautifully, when He said, “love your neighbor as yourself.” That is really the key to the evolved world that is coming our way.
Later in life, John Hospers introduced me to Libertarianism, and in that moment, I thought, “Whoa, I thought I was the only one who had thoughts, like this.”
I’m not promoting any political agenda. Nor am I saying that anyone is right or wrong. All I’m saying is that I had run into a group of contemporary thinkers who were thinking in the same way as I was at the time, and I found comfort in that.
As we evolve, politics, as we know it, will look very different, because the current state of affairs will not be sustainable in an enlightened world.
Maybe you can find a place in your heart to continue to let go, allowing the evolutionary process to continue and give peace a chance.
May God bless you in all you think, do, and believe.
Oh, and by the way, “You’re absolutely right.”