** this posting is not un-related in theme to the 2 previous – the ones about NTE, I mean, & “wicked problems” I am a big fan of the truth. Don’t always love telling it, & people don’t always want to hear it.
So I don’t tell the truth, the whole truth & nothing but the truth 24/7/365.
Truths can be painful, often-ish. Big ones and “little” ones.
So, often we tell (ourselves & each other) stories.
Or keep silent.
Or tell lies or half-truths.
Unfortunately, I lack the wiring for lying. Don’t know why this is so. ‘Cos I’m an Aries person? (Aries = so-called “infant of the Zodiac”). ‘Cos I grew up in a houseful (culture-full) of lies? Who knows??
I love stories. (I get lost in stories. The world gets lost, I get lost. Meaning, I read novels. & non-fiction.)
We’re all addicted to stories, let’s face it. So the really wise people tell us, anyway. & just look around!
We’re living out a story, we humans. A story about human superiority & “rights” & domination. Taking. “Wealth.” & what “matters.”
Seems as though we might be nearing The End of this particular story. (Let’s face it, it’s been a story with an unhappy ending for an awful lot of the life here on Earth … & for the state of the planet itself. Just look around!)
Stories are a great comfort – as long as we’re not completely taken in by them, & thereby lose sight of the truth.
Now me, I’ve been interested in a “new story” (other than the capitalism story, say) ever since I was a teen-ager. The old one never had much resonance for me.
But I’m at the end of a little personal story now, too. The one about how I/we could “save the world” if I/we all just tried hard enough.
I just don’t/can't believe in it anymore.
I wonder if I might be nearing the end of stories, period.
Lies interest me not at all. Lies & self-delusion. (They suck up too much energy, I’d say both psychically & physically.)
Truth can be hard, I know. Unforgiving.
But lots of it is also beautiful. Plenty plenty plenty truth & beauty all around us, still.
I think we ought to be careful about the stories we tell.
I think we need our energy for what’s really right in front of us. The Real Actual Deal.
Just what I’m thinking this morning…
p.s. “Little white lies,” of course, are always with us. They grease our social interactions, & are, I think, utterly necessary. We needn’t spew them around any more than we have to, for sure (phoneyness is soooo unappealing) – but we do need them. I get that.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “When in doubt, speak the truth.” – Mark Twain [more MT quotes]
2 more special favourites: “4 Rules for Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.” – Angeles Arrien, U.S. teacher, author (1940 - )
“There is not much truth being told in the world. There never was. This has proven to be a major disappointment to some of us.” – Anne Lamott in the prelude to Grace (Eventually) – Thoughts on Faith
** lots of great quotations about truth here
** lots of great quotations in a whack of categories under the ‘Quotation Central!’ heading