was very young when Jesus Christ Superstar came
out, but even at that young age I was struck by one line
in particular, sung by Pontius Pilate and directed to
Jesus as he was being persecuted. It went like
what is truth?
Is truth unchanging law?
We both have truths
Are mine the same as yours?"
the Bible, the line is simply "What is
truth?" I like the way that the question has
been expanded, though, for it illustrates the difficulties
involved in defining truth and even finding and
recognizing truth. It's also difficult to define
truth because our truths change in our lives as we grow
older, more mature, and (hopefully) wiser; there were many
"truths" that I would have argued for
vociferously fifteen years ago that now seem to me much
more relative, much less important in the grand scheme of
think it's important that we keep in mind that we can't go
searching for truth. When we search, we find other
people's truths, and we only see them on their
surfaces. We can't experience the deep convictions
that lead to their definition of truth. It's much
more important that we consider our own truths in life,
our own convictions, our own integrity and beliefs.
also important that we allow ourselves to let go of
truths. When I was young, I used to believe the
stuff I read about life being about kicking and fighting
and scratching our way to the top. Nowadays, though,
I see life as cooperation, not competition--and because
I've allowed myself to let go of that "truth,"
my life is much richer and abundant.
is with you, and truth is within you. Truth is you,
and you are truth. Live it, feel it, appreciate it,
and let your life grow ever richer and fuller.
You'll never need to use "truth" as a weapon
against others and their beliefs if you accept your own
truth and love it fully.