Sunday, February 22, 2009

Intelligence is easier, and more simple to abide by, than real emotion or living life in the actual rawness of truth. Truth is never reasoned or figured out; it only emerges when one remains vulnerable long enough to discover, accept and offer to others, one's own faults and shortcomings. It is the test beyond tests that most fail to be able to endure. Rather, almost as if by default, we shut down, close others out and guard ourselves against challenges that we cannot control. We prefer the truth that comes packaged in our own boxes, wrapped by our own selves.

1 comment:

Eric said...

I just heard a similar great quote in one of the recent TED videos:
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A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule... [a great quote on its own, IMO]

... A wise person knows how to improvise. Real world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined, and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician, using the notes on the page, but dancing around them, inventing combinations that are appropriate for the situation and the people at hand.

-Barry Schwartz

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You can see the video at http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_our_loss_of_wisdom.html


As far as truth goes, though, the idea of "what is truth?" goes back to the ancient philosophers, and even now top researchers are discovering evidence that there may not be any one truth or reality, because everything in existence is shaped by the observer. So truth that comes "in our own boxes" may be the most important truths anyway.

A friend of mine says that truth is a constellation of truths. I like that idea.