We live in a society today where we have been taught to shade the truth in all aspects of our lives: Lawyers, Judges, Politicians, Actors, Religious leaders, business executives, even our closest friends and family members, and ourselves as well, are all guilty of manipulating the stories we tell to affect a specific response or result from others. As a society we are waking up to the reality of what this is doing to us. We are realizing instinctively that we can no longer allow these untruths to persist.
When we shade the truth, or manipulate a story for our benefit, or the benefit of others, we instinctively know we are wrong. There is both a physical response, and an emotional one as well, a moment of uncomfortability or “dis-ease”. And while others may not ever know that we told a lie, the fact that we know will continue the dis-ease which can be noticeable by others, in the form of a general uncomfortability in social circumstances, depression, addiction, or many other forms of “masking”.
So how do we change this? There is only one real answer for this question: We must hold ourselves accountable to our own personal truth. It’s that simple. When we speak, we must always speak the truth. No embellishments, no emotional attachments, no shading of the facts. And we must expect, and accept only the same from others.
As we learn to hold our own truth, and accept only the truth from others we will find a greater truth in our communities, and in our world. We will all find a greater peace, and a greater harmony. We will elect leaders who hold our values by their example, not by their words. We will find unity in the truths of others, as they will find unity in our truths. And together, as a community, we will find a new Truth.