Truth is a tiny word. It’s only five letters; everyone learned it early in life, likely some point in elementary school on a spelling test. However, truth is so essential, so fundamental to living itself, that forgetting or ignoring it is impossible. It really is such a tiny word, but it holds an overwhelming amount of importance—to the point where we often cannot perceive just how needed it is. The principle that follows it is “honesty,” and the two are absolutely invaluable… and yet "being honest" is nearly a lost art.
Truth is defined as “that which is in accordance with fact or reality.” It is true that alcohol is bad for the kidneys. It is true that drugs can kill. It is true that soda can take rust off of car bumpers. These are simple, scientific facts. When applied to a moral spectrum, giving a human the quality of “truth” becomes “honesty,” which is defined as “free of deceit or untruthfulness.” On the basis of honesty, we trust; we place faith in fact, reality, and move forward basing all our assumptions on the “truth” we have been presented. Scientists use it to determine the laws of the universe; a high school girl uses it to determine if her boyfriend is a good guy or not. Truth is always around us.
The reality, when you look past ideals and desires, is that “everyone lies.” Lies are defined as “intentionally false statements.” They can be complicated lies like mafia conspiracy theories, or simple lies like the child who says “No,” when their mother knows they ate an extra cookie before dinner. A great man once defined cold as the absence of heat, and evil the absence of good; much the same way, lies are the absence of truth. They do not, cannot co-exist. Like oil and water, lies will separate themselves from truth.
Lies result in division. It creates a rift between individuals, families, societies and nations—often the purported “differences” in peoples are simply lies and misunderstandings woven together for someone else’s gain. Some will purport their race as “superior” to another, or claim that their ideals are the most correct regardless of laws. These are lies that they tell themselves. They deceive themselves, and then press those delusions on to others. The people have all deceived themselves with one lie or another; whether it’s little girls expecting fairy tale princes to come riding up and sweep them away, or politicians who pass bills believing it to be for the good of the people even when the people are protesting. Lies cause the crumbling away clearly witnessed in the family unit, even to the international scene.
Truth is the remedy. The reality that “everyone lies” will not go away, but there are those who strive to tell the truth. They strive to relate fact and only fact, and to see reality rather than idealistic thinking. There are men who can shake hands on something and that promise, that action, is good as gold. There are still those who make promises that can be counted on. Their words have weight. They have meaning. They shed light, filling up the darkness; because where there is truth, there cannot be lies. That tiny little word that people tend to forget about becomes honesty, sincerity, and integrity. Truth is the basis of a thriving society, and one that cannot afford to be taken lightly.
I wondered if anyone might find this interesting?? 8D;