Happy Tyr’s Day:
If there is a holdover from my days as a Christian it is the connection between truth and love that is found in 1 Corinthians 13:6. The idea that truth is something that love rejoices in is very real to me. Of the Nine Noble Virtues (NNV), Truth is probably the most challenging in terms of thinking of it in love, because we often think we are more loving by protecting others or ourselves by not facing or revealing the truth. Nothing is less true. Lies are not loving actions. They are protective ones, but they are not loving ones.
There is a challenge here as the virtue of truth says it is better to be silent than to not tell the truth. But sometimes silence is the lie. You have to be careful here as sometimes as painful as the truth may be; it needs to be said or the silence of it perpetuates other lies.
Truth is something that loving people share with each other and being offended at the truth shows a lack of love. With all the political correctness and people getting offended at things, you probably now know where I stand on all that. If your offended, then you have no love there. Love is indeed patient, not easily offended. Truth is something that challenges that on a regular basis. Truth has the potential to offend as I have discovered on several occasions blogging.
People have their prejudices; that’s all of us by the way. Everyone has their biases and everyone objectifies. It isn’t about race, creed or sex on this on;, it is simply a fact of being human. This is a truth that first must be faced by yourself and toward yourself. Facing your own prejudices and how you objectify others is something that is a constant battle. Too many people take one of two tactics, either to deny their existence or to claim has arrived to a higher plane where they are no longer there. Or worse they justify them.
Objectification is particularly daunting because we do it probably every day and often to people we claim to love. Spouses objectify each other, siblings, parents to children. When you stop seeing people as human, and see them as an object to gratify your needs then you have crossed the line.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
We need truth, because it allows us to go forward to achieving what we need without objectifying others. There is a connection here between Need and Reason that truth provides. Our need to love and be loved has to have truth or we cannot reasonably approach the subject of how to fulfill our needs without exploitation of another’s rights. You will never be loving if you don’t face the truth about your relationships with others. Truth is needed or its is just one big game of objectification.
We also want the truth, but we also want comfort and security. This is probably the main reason we lie. We don’t want to offend but in so doing we are objectifying the other person assuming they will be a problem and be offended at what we have to say. I suppose in our culture these days this is an easy assumption to make. But being offended and fearing to offend are equally objectification.
We want truth because it cuts through both of these things and gets to the real healing and often progress in meeting our needs and wants.
Reason cannot function in lies. It just can’t. Reason requires truth to function and make sound decisions. Reason simple faces the truth and draws conclusions. It is why being a reasonable person is a loving action. Not cold, like some would say, driven by pure logic. Reason is connected to truth and truth is the joy of love. Love sees the truth and then engages reason to genuinely help. in this era of feelings first this needs to be stated over and over again. Feelings cannot make right to wrong decisions, they are just feelings. reason guided by truth will always lead to loving decisions.
Wisdom says that this connection between Love, Truth and Reason needs to be constantly respected and kept in balance. Truth becomes the pivot point between Reason and Love. Decisions become based in truth so they are both beneficial and yet compassionate. Wisdom respects Truth’s efforts to keep both in balance.
I knew when I set up my progression though the NNV that Truth would be one of the more difficult. Combine that with the fact I connected it the Higher Virtue of Love and you create a large and very difficult pair of concepts to grasp. Abstract doesn’t even begin to describe the difficulty. That said both of these ideas are why I believe something is out there beyond the biology and physics. Truth is a little bit more than biological and physical facts. Just like that which takes joy in it – Love.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.