Happy Tyr’s Day
“Truth is the willingness to be honest and to say what one knows to be true and right. It is often better to not say anything at all if one cannot be honest.”
Principle – To Be Honest, and Speak Truth to Myself and Others. To Be Silent in the presence of Fools.
Truth is one of those Virtues that must always be present. No moral code would have any value without it. It is difficult to be truthful at times especially when it is you that have made a mistake and someone asks what happened. The temptation to lie becomes very real in those moments but the better path is honesty. Plain simple honesty.
This honesty isn’t simply a matter of word, but of how you live your life. Make no mistake there is no ridged moral code here if a lie preserves someone’s life then it is Ok to do so. It is also Ok to engage in deception in war or when someone is known to be treacherous then you can lie to them as a way of combating them. But those are special circumstances. In more normal circumstances, the virtues of truth and honor go together. The advice here is if you wouldn’t want someone to know you are doing it – don’t.
Paganism also has this idea of each person walking in their ‘truth’ with a small ‘t’ but that has not dismissed the notion of finding The Truth with a capital ‘T’. You might say as we walk each one of us in our truth we are on the quest to find The Truth.
In my case with this virtue, I have also added the notion of being silent in the presence of fools. A fool is someone who can no longer learn or be taught anything. Words and truth are wasted on such people who are proud of their ignorance.
To the Wolves and Ravens:
“Feed the Wolves, but Listen to the Ravens first.”
For myself, I find the pursuit of the virtue of Truth to be a challenge but desperately needed. Lies told to one’s self are the most dangerous as they can be the most damaging. Truth is needed to clear the fog away from your path so you can see clearly. The needs here is to be honest and say what one knows to be right and true not just to others but in the end the most important person to be truthful with is yourself. Something I hope to learn in a little more easier fashion than often is the case.
I want the truth as a part of my life. Lies and deception are very damaging and should only be present in times of conflict when you are dealing with someone who is trying to hurt you with lies of their own. Otherwise to get to the point of progress requires truth to see the path clearly. Lies and deceptions, particularly the ones you tell yourself, are the most deadly things in trying to achieve your goals and enjoy your life.
Reason and truth go hand in hand. Reason simply does not function in the presence of lies. Leaving my faith was a direct response to the lies I found in the doctrines of it. It was embracing the truth about something that was falsely claiming to be the truth. Reason looks at truth with joy and so I do as well.
I have found the great wisdom in all this is silence. One should never be too bold in presenting truth because the truth is always a work in progress and what one thinks is the truth today can be found to be false tomorrow when the truth is fully revealed. Arrogance is not becoming or valuable in the pursuit of either truth whether small ‘t’ or capital ‘T’.
All that said, Courage kicks in when the truth is known and it needs to be said. This can be very revealing when those that are living lies get angry, defensive or just plain don’t say anything thus acknowledging their deception. Courage and Truth are a deadly combination to the lies and deceptions that surround us. Never underestimate their power working together.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.