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The Uncomfortable Reality of Truth

Updated on June 20, 2013
Wall at Pompei from Tony DeLorger.  Life resides on the other side of these walls we create.
Wall at Pompei from Tony DeLorger. Life resides on the other side of these walls we create.

The Uncomfortable Reality of Truth

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

It is rarely the truth that in the end becomes revelation,

rather our version of it, what fits into our paradigms of acceptability.

The learnings of life experience are but the remnants of truth,

after we have adjusted them to our particular taste.

That is why so many of us repeat cycles, seemingly ignorant,

of the repetitive and mundane realities we so prudently refute.

Truth holds no more meaning than the mind opened enough to accept it,

and in acceptance be brave enough to want to change, to become true.

Rarely in life do we find such a creature, open and pragmatic,

as well as willing to stay the self in favour of a higher, purer truth.

Preservation of the self, with all its complex dynamics,

is often diametrically opposed to revelation, and therefore learning.

What we hide from ourselves, regardless of the depth and breadth of the truth,

is simply what we can't assimilate about us, cant accept.

Often these truths are so abhorrent and unacceptable,

it is purely impossible for us to give credence to them.

In that, the worse the reality, the less we can acknowledge it,

and therefore be consciously ignorant about who we really are.

We can walk the streets in a parallel world of delusion,

hardly recognising what is happening at the periphery of our lives.

The wants of the self the only projection of an ignorant soul,

can cloud what we have, who we love and our real desires.

It is so easy to be a reactive rather than an observer,

considering each and every circumstance with an objective eye.

Many of us live within the self, sadly ignorant of the world itself,

and in that, the greatest limitation in life.

Life is a moment to moment proposition, each one a choice. Becoming lost within the exterior of life's challenges is natural, but becoming a slave to them is restrictive. Determining who we are, with all our foibles, is all we can do to live within reality, and to appreciate just what life offers. Sharing the journey with those whom we love, elevates us to a higher and even more open perspective.

Boat in Venice from Tony DeLorger. Alone in a sea of life; but that remains our choice.
Boat in Venice from Tony DeLorger. Alone in a sea of life; but that remains our choice.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Martin, glad you could relate to my perspective. We all need to delve into the minds of others, if for no other reason than to give credence to our own conclusions, or of course expand our understanding.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for laying out this perspective. As a mason, I have had some interesting encounters with "truth".


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