Virtue of the Week: Truth

Friends,

Truth[do action=”vfquote” quote=”The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” author=”George Orwell” /]

Truth, like milk, arrives in the dark, but even so, wise dogs don’t bark. Only mongrels make it hard for the milkman to come up the yard.Christopher Morley
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.Winston Churchill
Openness – and the relativism that makes it the only plausible stance in the face of various claims to truth and various ways of life and kinds of human beings — is the great insight of our times. The true believer is the real danger. The study of history and of culture teaches that all the world was mad in the past; men always thought they were right, and that led to wars, persecutions, slavery, xenophobia, racism and chauvinism. The point is not to correct the mistakes and really be right; rather it is not to think you are right at all.Allen Bloom

Truth

  • Truth is true – even if no one knows what it is
  • Truth is true – even if no one knows why it is true
  • Truth is true – even if no one likes it
  • Truth is true – even if people cannot agree on what it is
  • Truth is true – even if it is painful
  • Truth is true – even if it is not personally beneficial

B.J. Clark was driving into town to do his radio show when he came upon a terrible accident. Out in a field, just off the road, there was an overturned School Bus. Police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and all kinds of emergency vehicles were on the scene. EMT’s were tending to children and loading some into ambulances as other ambulances rushed away from the scene toward the hospital. All the way for the rest of his drive, he could only think about how terrible it was going to be for all of those parents to hear that their children were involved in that accident and injured or even killed. When he arrived at the radio station he began to ask the receptionist if she knew what had happened and if there was any news. She began to laugh at him! “You don’t know, do you?” She said. “What are you talking about,” he asked. “There was no accident. They’re conducting a drill. They’ve taken some of the kids from the school to participate and they’re testing the Emergency response for a major accident.” Now B.J.’s feelings of worry and concern for the children and their parents were real. But the genuineness of his feelings did not prove the truthfulness of the event. What he believed was real produced real feelings, but he was deceived. How many people today have been deceived into believing that something is true based on their emotions and feeling? Their feelings are genuine, but if they are based on falsehood instead of truth, their feelings are worthless. Do you seek the truth that is based on your feelings?