Truth is Like a Sharp, Solid, Steady Rock
It does not move.
It is not swayed by internal impulses.
It sometimes scathes and sharpens those who rub against it.
It stands its ground, seemingly without concern of being an obstacle or inconveniencing others.
Others’ perceptions of the rock mean nothing to it.
Those who value truth are also like rocks.
They are the pillars which keep the community intact. They are the foundation on which freedom of expression is sustained and supported.
They are the people who are willing to be “disagreeable” if they must, in order to stick by their principles and beliefs.
Those who value truth – and live by it – will speak and do what is right even if it is offensive to or inconvenient for themselves or others. (It is the choice of the offended to be so. We are not responsible for others’ feelings and reactions to the truth.)
Upholders of truth are people who will not lie, even if the brutal truth makes them unpopular or costs them their jobs.
They are people who care about being honest on both “micro” and macro levels. They are the same substance – the same compound – throughout. They cannot compromise on their values even in seemingly “inconsequential” areas.
Seeking and living by truth doesn’t come without a price. It may cost us our:
- Business relationships
This cost exists because the truth is generally unpopular, uncomfortable, and/or inconvenient.
Some of us don’t want to know the truth. Others don’t want everyone else to know it.
In the U.S. we often take for granted our freedom of speech, religion, and self-expression. Sometimes, we almost act like we don’t want it. We aim to be tactful rather than truthful. We forget that we are still free to express ourselves, and instead we require ourselves to conform to constraints that don’t even exist and restrictive laws which haven’t been passed. In the process, we conceal valuable information, and encourage others to be equally timid and cautious.
We withhold springs of life from others for fear of stepping on their toes.
The truth can sometimes be shared tactfully and winsomely. And yet, it will still taste like bitter medicine to those who don’t wish to hear it.
And sometimes, there is no way to sugar-coat or soften the blow of truth. Yet truth – however brutal and bitter – will still taste sweet to those who seek and desire to find it.
If truth is worth defending to the death, then what is truth?
What do you think truth is? And how much would you be willing to sacrifice to defend it?
After you’ve given it some thought, feel free to poke around this blog and The Bleeding Blogger (my other blog), for my thoughts on truth.
Thanks for reading. 🙂
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