Is there ‘a’ truth?

A Note From Dr. Beverly Nelson, Director

Dr. Beverly Nelson (Photo: Michael Amici)We seek the truth. We strive to speak the truth. We appreciate when people tell us the truth. If you think about it, the message is pretty loud and clear: the truth is highly coveted. But…

Is there ‘a’ truth?

Are we looking for ‘a’ truth?

Or, are we merely seeking validation of ‘our’ truth?

Here’s an example: a car crash, with witnesses. Every single witness claims to have seen a different event. In their own eyes, they are all telling ‘the’ truth. The catch? The truth is something completely unique for each person. This can be difficult for us to really accept. After all, we were always taught that there is a thing such as ‘universal’ truth. Alas, human perception has always been part of the game, even if we failed to realize it.

This is the reason why arguments between two people, both of whom are trying to defend ‘their’ truth and have it acknowledged as the only valid one, can never end well. The acknowledgment of individual, diverse truths, is the root of tolerance.

When we know who we are and what we stand for, we don’t need to defend our truth. We are satisfied, knowing that we are living according to it. There is no use in quarreling, arguing or having fights about it. We are all on a personal journey, our own crusade, and the truth of others is not something we’re required to dispute or invalidate. Take a deep breathe, move on…and let it go.

What is your truth? I’m listening!

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