I wish to address the idea, the concept of truth as it applies to our world this evening. To do so accurately, I would like to define the word, if I may. How is the word truth defined in the dictionary? It is and I quote “the state of being the case; the body of real things, events and facts; a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality. It also is defined as “the body of true statements and propositions; in accordance with the facts”. The origin of the word truth from Middle English came from the Old English as akin to the words fidelity and faithful. In times past, truth was a powerful word. In our world today, the word “truth” has become subjective and is most often open to interpretation. This is evidenced in our court rooms and as well as in our workplaces. And in the hallowed halls of our nation’s capitol, this word truth is no longer treated with the respect and sanctity it deserves. It is also reflected in our everyday conversations with one another. So often it is the gossip that whether substantiated or not serves only to bring more rancor and ill will into this, our world. It seems we relish that juicy tidbit of information about our co-worker or relative even though it edifies no one while at the same time eats away at our own integrity. Where is the logic in that? It is well past the time where we must return to what real truth is.
So, would you hear the truth of our world now? Or would you prefer a showering of platitudes and such so as not to consider what is really the truth? My heart tells me that you would welcome what is true and real for we are intelligent folk by and large. So, here is what I perceive to be the truth, as it were. There is much good to be found upon Planet Earth, upon and within the hearts of those who dwell here. And that is a great truth, one that I know to be true for the knowledge I can feel within my Spirit. And it is a truth that keeps alive my dreams and hopes for our world. Without such a knowledge, my heart would be in deep despair today. For as the saying goes, there are always two sides to every coin. So conversely, there is another darker truth that pervades our world today as well.
This dark truth that I refer to is multi-faceted. I liken it unto a cancerous tumor which is spreading its many diseased tentacles across our world, working its way deeper into our lives both individually and collectively. There is so much hatred and anger and divisiveness everywhere. A good example of this was the recent incident in Algeria which involved a well planned attack by a not so large group of those whose hearts were angry and bitter. Many lives were lost there that day. And it was all so unnecessary. The truth of the matter is that after all these years, we have yet to learn any real degree of tolerance for one another. We humans have deemed ourselves as intelligent creatures, certainly much more so than the animals who inhabit our Earth. (Although personally, I believe we could learn much from our furried and feathered friends!) Why is it then that we behave so ignorantly? This question has vexed me more and more as each new incident of racism, violence, hatred or terrorism occurs daily. Why, when it does not need to be this way??
This issue has been on my mind quite a bit as of late. But I suppose what prompted my writing about it was that I had turned on the television this afternoon and happened across a movie which you are probably familiar with. It is entitled “A Time To Kill” with Samuel Jackson and Matthew McConaughey, two actors who are most talented. If you have seen this movie, then you know that is a very painful, yet very powerful movie to watch. This is due to the truth it contains, of course. Our country and more to the point, our world has become one that in so many ways, has chosen to walk down the darkest of roads, those roads being Ignorance and Intolerance. Ladies and gentlemen, these are indeed the roads which are devoid of light and lead directly into ruination. Generally speaking, we have zero tolerance for those who are different from ourselves. Over the last few years, racism has been rising and it is not so much a direct hatred as much as it is a separatism, a method of quietly setting ourselves apart from those whose skin color or belief systems or gender preference is not the same as our own. And this is the truth that is at the root of so many of our problems today. We have become a people separate unto themselves which is causing us to become spiritually blind and emotionally malnourished which leads only to ignorance and anger. I apologize if I am offending anyone here but I made a promise to myself to be candid this evening. If any of this is hitting a nerve for you, then perhaps you need to do a bit of introspection.
And if I may say so, it is really quite sad, this separatism business because ironically it is in our diversity that our true strength and intelligence lies. Think about this for a moment, if you will. How beautiful would a rainbow be if its’ only color was green or yellow? Would it still give you that moment of wonder and excitement when you spotted that bow in the sky? Probably not. And remember that time when you were driving along and came across that field of wildflowers? There were so many different types of flowers with so many different colors that it just took your breath away because it was just that beautiful!! That rainbow and those wildflowers are not just happenstance, my friends. Not in the least bit. A coming together, a coordination of beauty in diversity is not a coincidence but is instead created and orchestrated by design. Do you really believe that we are so different from those wildflowers and that rainbow in terms of our diversity? I say to you that we were also created and orchestrated in diversity by design as well. Let us not separate ourselves from it then. Let us instead embrace it and nurture it as one should when they are given a precious gift.
Now some may say that this answer to our world’s problems while true is far too simplistic and cannot possibly resolve the issues that we face today. Perhaps so but perhaps not as well. You see, there are universal truths that have remained as a constant in our world that were put in place by the One who brought this planet we live on to be. And one of these truths is that true wisdom is found in simplicity. The reason this may not ring true to many of us is that we have allowed our minds and hearts to forget what is really true and instead have become burdened by allowing complications to control our lives. Give your mind a break and your heart a rest for a time and breathe in the beauty of diversity. Remember and relearn the gift of Tolerance for others. We are indeed much more alike than we are different. The truth of the matter is that we have forgotten this very important fact. I would encourage all of us to consider these things. Understanding and tolerance given and received, one to another would go a long way towards bringing our world to a better place. And that is most definitely the truth!!
As always, I thank you for your kind attention this evening. I sincerely hope you have found this reading worthy of your time. If so, please do pass it along to others you know. I believe it to be a message for all of us. We can indeed change our world if we can come together as a people. Take care with yourselves. May you be blessed in the same measure as you bless those you meet each and every day.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.