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"It takes two to speak the Truth:
one to speak, and another to hear."
- Henry David Thoreau

"Truth is a metaphysical force.
When you do battle with the truth,
you do battle with the universe,
and the universe's Kung Fu
is superior to your Kung Fu."
- Brandon Smith

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what is truth?

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"Whoever walks in truth generates life."
- Sumerian proverb

"The truth is always the strongest argument." - Sophocles

"Intelligence is the shadow of objective truth.
How can the shadow vie with the sunshine?" - Rumi


"If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against. The struggle
of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind."
- Hsin Hsin Ming

"O' Great Spirit help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind
when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence."
- Cherokee Prayer

"What "oppression" is more grievous than that a soul seeking the truth, and wishing to attain unto the knowledge of God, should know not where to go for it and from whom to seek it?"
- Bahá'u'lláh

"Today we are so immersed in a ubiquitous matrix of lies
that we have nearly forgotten what the truth feels like. I will describe the feeling of truth as I experience it. I feel a sense of awe, the presence of the sacred. Doubt is out of the question, though I might struggle for a while against a painful truth. Yet even then, there is a sense of homecoming, a reunion with something I have always known." - Charles Eisenstein

"Truth is a pathless land. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophic knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection." - J. Krishnamurti

"Truth is invariable - it is requisite to man - it can never harm him - his very necessities, sooner or later, make him sensible of this; oblige him to acknowledge it. The voice of truth can only be heard by generous souls accustomed to reflection, whose sensibilities make them lament the numberless calamities showered on the Earth by political and religious tyranny - whose enlightened minds contemplate with horror the immensity, the ponderosity of that series of misfortunes which error has in all ages overwhelmed mankind."- Baron d'Holbach


"Truth, in its struggles for recognition, passes through four distinct stages. First, we say it is damnable, dangerous, disorderly, and will surely disrupt society. Second, we declare it is heretical, infidelic and contrary to the Bible. Third, we say it is really a matter of no importance either one way or the other. Fourth, we aver that we have always upheld it and believed it." – Elbert Hubbard

"He whose mind is unsteady, who knows not the path of Truth, whose faith and peace are ever wavering, he shall never reach fullness of wisdom. But he whose mind in calm self-control is free from the lust of desires, who has risen above good and evil, he is awake and has no fear." - Dhammapada




Truth is defined as:

honesty

reality; actuality

sincerity; integrity.

righteousness; true religion

conformity to fact or reality

fidelity to an original or standard

a statement proven to be or accepted as true

the quality of being accurate and without error.

that which is considered to be the supreme reality and to have the ultimate meaning and value of existence.

that which is certain concerning any subject, or generally on all subjects; real state of things; fact; verity; reality.

a true thing; a verified fact; a true statement; an established principle, fixed law; as in the truth of human nature.

Used in various senses in scripture. In Prov. 12:17, 19, it denotes that which is opposed to falsehood. In Isa. 59:14, 15, Jer. 7:28, it means fidelity or truthfulness. The doctrine of Jesus is called "the Truth of the gospel" (Gal. 2:5), "the truth" (2 Tim. 3:7; 4:4). Our Lord says of himself, "I am the Way, and the Truth" (John 14:6).

"Truth has confused all the learned of Islam,
Everyone who has studied the Psalms,
Every Jewish Rabbi,
Every Christian priest."
- Ibn el-Arabi


"Truth is like the sun.
You can shut it out for a time,
but it ain't going away."
- Elvis Presley

"It appears that human denial trumps the truth in situations in which the pain of accepting reality exceeds the ability of the human mind to process it. We even have a negative term in our lexicon - "whistleblowers" - to depict those who report a truth that people do not want to accept; thus, the truth-seekers, in so many instances, are the ones who become the victims." - Karl Strandberg

One of the things that divides men and continues to divide men,
both spiritually and physically, is the fight for truth.


truth hurts


"It is always best to think first for ourselves on any subject, and then to others for the correction or improvement of our own sentiments. The quantity of knowledge thus gained may be less, but the quality will be superior. Truth received on authority, or acquired without labor, makes but a feeble impression." - William Ellery Channing


Immoral people would prefer that there were no absolutes.

These people are simply looking for excuses to carry on in the manner they have become accustomed to.

The idea of what is good and what is evil has been confused with what is true and what is false.

What is felt to be good for one may not be good for another.

What one may feel is evil may not feel evil to another.

This does not change truth, truth remains.

A truth: God has granted each one of us life - the greatest gift ever given.

A truth: It is wrong to take life for anything other than sustenance. You kill it, you eat it.

A truth: As long as I live the Sun will shine.

I have faith that each of these truths are absolute.

A truth: Knowledge can not be evil.

Knowledge points the way to reality.

And reality points to God.

I stand in awe of God. I feel God within me.

I see the immense power of God which stands before me in the existence of creation.

"When I think of people I admire most I find that I do so mainly because they have an unshakable allegiance to truth and to a fundamental integrity. They recognize and acknowledge that there is often an obvious "right thing to do." We can argue that everything is relative but I think that would just be mental gymnastics to avoid admitting it can be done. People who resist admitting there's a right thing to do are usually the type of people that regularly choose the obvious "wrong thing to do." People like politicians. People that don't have an allegiance to truth rely on complicating everything in order to obliterate any clear understanding of it. As one of my editors often says, the great thing about truth is it has no internal contradictions. It's self-evident. Lies are loaded with internal contradictions so people who use them must create a convoluted complexity and/or misdirection and denial to frustrate anyone that looks too closely. That's why most big lies endure for so long. It's incredibly difficult to untangle the mucked up web of lies and deceit. For my part I enjoy the simplicity of truth. Luckily there are a many moments in life when there is a "right thing to do" and it's obvious to anyone who has an allegiance to truth." - Bruce McDonald



What is the truth?

"I asked my grandfather once if he could tell me what truth was.

"I don't think I've lived long enough to know that," he said, "all I know is that without truth Iktomi, the Trickster, would be the most powerful being on Earth. And that's the truth."

Having lived more than half a century, I think I'm just beginning to gain some insight into my grandfather's reply.

Truth is often difficult to distinguish.

Truth can be a gift or a burden; it can be kind or cruel.

Truth frequently eludes our grasp and we find it difficult to describe.

Truth can at times hide so well that we can't find it to save ourselves, or it disguises itself so skillfully that we walk all over it without knowing. And in the next instance it becomes plain as day, whether we want it to or not.

In the end we learn we can't live without truth.

"Truth is the marker along the roads we travel in life," my grandfather did say.

The Red Road has many markers. If you choose the Black Road, there is only the illusion of truth.

We can be influenced by truth or by illusion.

Two chieftains met on a plain while their two armies waited.

"I have ten thousand warriors, every one skilled with weapons and seasoned by battle. Victory will be mine," said the first chieftain. "What do you have?"

"Only the truth," replied the second chieftain. "This war has decimated my people so I face you now with an army of a thousand children. This truth will either destroy you or glorify you."

The first chieftain returned to his camp, where his army of ten thousand stood ready for battle. He ordered his army to put aside their weapons while he went into seclusion to ponder the truth his enemy had spoken. With the new dawn he sent his chief aide with gifts of food and an offer of peace to the army of a thousand children. The first chieftain then returned to his homeland and stood to be judged before his countrymen, fully expecting to be dishonored for his weakness. He was, instead made a king.

Sometimes truth is like the wind. You can't see it, but you can see the effect it has.

Truth is also like sunrise and sunset. We see the sun come up over the eastern horizon in the morning and then disappear behind the western horizon in the evening. From the perspective of our existence on a spinning sphere, the sun appears to "rise" and "set."

In reality the sun does neither. Reality is what is, first and foremost, on Earth.

Lakota reality is, for example, that the four seasons cycle in precisely the same order year after year.

Reality is that lakes and rivers freeze in winter and thaw in the spring, that all living things die, that change is inevitable.

Truth is the result of the trials and errors of life, the lessons we learned such as "Without evil, goodness would be harder to recognize," or "The first casualty of war is truth," or " A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

Some lessons rise out of the illusions we have acquired: for example, "Good will always prevail over evil."

Truth is subjective.

Truth is also subject to change, as in "Man was not intended to fly."

If there is a universal human weakness, it is that we want to believe there is truth because we want clear answers rather than illusions, and therefore we are vulnerable to anything that seems to be the truth.

Truth consists of two parts: that which is given and that which is accepted.

We Lakota have heard Iktomi sing several times.

At the Fort Laramie Treaty Council of 1851, as thousands upon thousands of white emigrants made their way along the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon and passed through Lakota territory, the United States peace commissioners told us, "They are only passing through and need only as much room as the width of their wagon wheels."

The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 established the Great Sioux Reservation - the entire western half of the current state of South Dakota - for "as long as the sun shall rise, as long as the rivers shall flow, as long as the grasses shall grow."

The truth is sometimes painful, but without, it there is only illusion.

The truth is we Lakota still walk the face of the Earth.

The truth is we survived traumatic change and are wiser and stronger because of it.

The illusion is that we were defeated by a stronger, better, more moral people with more God given rights than we had.

The truth is we were overwhelmed by numbers: more people with more guns needing more and more of what we had.

The illusion, is that we are a conquered people.

The truth is that we are survivors; we took on the worst that our "conquerors" could throw at us and we are still standing.

The illusion is that we are part of the past - something to be studied, analyzed, measured, dissected, and ultimately judged.

The truth is we are still a viable culture with traditions, customs, and values that have stood the severest tests.

We all have our truths, some easier to accept than others.

The L train is always late; prairie gumbo is bottomless after a hard rain; one brother-in-law is a geek and the other believes he's a saint; commuting sucks; my parents hate me because I'm sixteen; my sixteen-year-old hates me because she's sixteen; a one sided love affair is the pits; the Minnesota Vikings broke my heart - again; I can't live without my wife.

When all is said and done there is only one truth that is unwavering.

This one truth has endured and will always endured because it will stand unabashedly and without apology.

That truth is death,

and it is the one that is avoided and most feared by American society.

The truth of death should be the standard for truth against which all others are measured.

We will find that nothing can compare with its honesty and faithfulness.

Death is a taboo subject, generally speaking, consistently referred to euphemistically as the Grim Reaper, the cold night, or the wages of sin: There is rarely casual conversation among non-Indians about death or dying.

Any references to death are made in hushed and apprehensive tones. A visit to any mortuary or cemetery is a confirmation of the general state of denial about death in American society. Funeral directors sell coffins that will "protect your loved one for ages to come." Stone or cement crypts and mausoleums are used for the same reason: to deny death as long as possible.

Logically, we are at least apprehensive about anything we don't know. Most people fear death because they don't know it, or they know the wrong things about death. No matter how much we deny it or try to avoid it, death touches us sooner or later when a friend or a loved one dies. After we mourn and grieve the loss, many of us become angry at death as if it were an interloper, a thief in the night, a villain, or a killer.

Death does not kill.

Disease, accidents, rage, old age, stupidity, among others, are killers.

Death is only part of the process of life.

The truth about death is simple.

It will happen.

Nothing is more inevitable, no matter how vigorously we deny it or fight it.

Death will come for us regardless of how powerful, famous, rich, beautiful, influential, irreverent, or lowly we are.

There is no way to fight death.

We can fight to live, but we will always lose the fight against death.

Thinking of death in those terms creates the illusion that death is an enemy, but death isn't our enemy; it is, when all is said and done, our truest friend.

The most profound and reassuring truth about death is that it is a part of life.

Life begins with birth and ends with death.

With no other journey you travel can you know how it will end.

We begin dying the moment we are born, which means living well is dying well.

That is the truest measure of any being.

The final - and perhaps the greatest - truth about death is that it is the great equalizer; it connects all living beings to its truth.

Every form of life shares with us the same journey that begins with birth and ends with death.

No one being or species, not the most powerful, nor the most arrogant, nor the wisest will ever alter that truth.

There are many certainties and even more illusions masquerading as truth, nothing short of living and learning will enable us to know the difference.

The first chieftain accepted the truth he heard and reacted to it with the truth of his own character, and was rewarded.

Iktomi, on the other hand, presents illusion as truth, and always will. Beware of Iktomi."

- Joseph M. Marshall, Native American Sioux, Lakota tribe.




Perspectives on Death


"Those who set their mind in harmony  become free from the bonds of death." -  Dhammapada

"Those who set their mind in harmony
become free from the bonds of death."
- Dhammapada

Chinese charater for death

"Death opens our hearts.
Death reminds us,
with a clarity that trumps all logic,
that only love is real."
- Charles Eisenstein

"Americans seem as reluctant as
ever to, think critically, rationally or even
just honestly about death." - Meghan Daum


"There is the truth," the poet concluded. "It does not wipe out death. It does not diminish space, nor halt time. But it makes us what we are in essence. Happiness needs unhappiness. Joy goes hand in hand with sorrow. It is thanks to the shadow that we exist. We must not dream of an absurd abstraction. We must guard the bond that links us to blood and earth. 'Just as I am!' Remember that. We are a great mixture. We are more than we believe." - Henri Barbusse


"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything." - Mark Twain

"Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other." - William Faulkner

"The courage to face the truth is the first condition of philosophic
study." - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

"From the history of wisdom comes the message that the commitment to live according to truth in all its expansiveness is humanity's most lofty and meaningful task." -Lew Paz



lion of truth

true

truth

reality

real& genuine

reliable & accurate

rightful & legitimate

fundamental & essential

proper alignment or adjustment

sincerely felt or expressed; unfeigned

faithful, as to a friend, vow, or cause; loyal

exactly conforming to a rule, standard, or pattern

the words true and tree are joined at the root




- etymologically speaking. In Old English, the words looked and sounded much more alike than they do now: "tree" was trow and “true” was trowe. The first of these comes from the Germanic noun *trewam; the second, from the adjective *treuwaz. Both these Germanic words ultimately go back to an Indo-European root *deru- or *dreu-, appearing in derivatives referring to wood and, by extension, firmness. Truth may be thought of as some thing firm; so as well can certain bonds between humans, like trust, another derivative of the same root. A slightly different form of the root, *dru-, appears in the word druid, a type of ancient Celtic priest; his name is etymologically *dru-wid-, or “strong seer."

a tree hugger hold truth close to the heart

A tree hugger holds truth close to the heart.

"Mother Nature long ago provided us with free devices that remove carbon dioxide from our air using natural solar power: trees and forests. One fast-growing tree can sequester many tons of carbon. In addition to curtailing carbon emissions, let's get back to basics. How about planting trees?" - Elan Glasser


I SAW IN LOUISIANA A LIVE OAK GROWING

I saw in Louisiana a live oak growing,

All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches,

Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous of dark green,

And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself,

But I wonder'd how it could utter joyous leaves standing alone there without its friend near,

for I knew I could not,

And I broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves upon it and twined around it a little moss,

And brought it away, and I have placed it in sight in my room,

It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends,

(For I believe lately I think of little else than of them,)

Yet it remains to me a curious token, it makes me think of manly love;

For all that, and though the live oak glistens there in Louisiana solitary in a wide flat space,

Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend a lover near,

I know very well I could not.

Walt Whitman





trust


to believe.

custody; care.

certainty based on past experience.

one in which confidence is placed.

to commit, as to one's care; to entrust.

to give credence to; to believe; to credit.

To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith in.

to show confidence in an individual by entrusting (him) with some thing.

firm reliance on the integrity, ability, or character of an individual or thing.

assured anticipation; dependence upon some thing future or contingent, as if present or actual; hope; belief.

oxytocin

The essence of trust, a catalyst of all friendship and cooperation is a neurochemical that can ease the natural suspicion of strangers. This neurochemical is a hormone called oxytocin which aids in mating among fish, breast feeding among mammals and also promotes trust between human beings.

“Some of our sexuality has evolved to stimulate that same oxytocin system to create female-male bonds." - Larry Young




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