And what is truth? For most of us, it's what
we've learned from others that it is--from parents,
religious leaders, teachers, professors, mentors, friends,
older relatives. Most of us really haven't ever
slowed down and looked inside long enough to actually look
for our own truths, much less discover them and live by
them. If we were to do so, the truth may frighten
us, for there's a very good chance that the truths that
we've adopted from our exposure to outward things--the
truths that we've come to depend on for much of our
security--really aren't valid at all, and the ones deep
inside ourselves are more compassionate and loving and
There is an "inmost center in us all," but
unfortunately for most of us it's unexplored territory, a
place that we just don't choose to visit. And it's
not just that we don't go there often enough--it's that we
don't go there at all. And that truly is a shame,
because that's where love abides, and in love we find more
authentic truth than we find in any other aspects of our
lives. Because in unconditional love we find what
truth really is, and that unconditional love is not
concerned at all with outward things.
I love how Robert also points out that there isn't
necessarily a connection between what we believe and what
it true. For example, for years I bought into our
cultural norms and believed that life is a competition;
since I've grown a bit and learned a bit, though, I've
come to know that life is about cooperation, not
competition. Cooperation allows me to practice love
and spread it to others; competition does not--or it can,
but only to those on "my side."
What are your truths? Unfortunately, until you take
the time to be alone with yourself and ask yourself some
very important questions, you may never find out.
And wouldn't it be a tragedy to leave this planet on the
day we die never having discovered our own truths?
They're a wonderful gift that's been given to us, but for
most of us they still lie uncovered.