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The Value of truth
By Sandi Lyn Schraut
Last edited: Sunday, March 24, 2002
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2002

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Is the value of truth worth more then the security of the rosy stories fed to us everyday? What is its value? Is the whole truth even possible, or wanted?

The value of truth has come up in conversations with friends lately. Is its value in what we want to hear? Is its value in whatís real? Truth is something different to every one. In my opinion truth or its perversions can make or break a relationship, and its untruth that gives us a sense of unease. Truth can give a freedom that is beyond the lies. Is this something we want or is the truth to painful to live with?

Many of us live in a world where the truth is perverted into something that is more opinion then truth. In many ways, we are fed the pabulum of what we want to hear. We do the same to others. We live in a masked world that takes joy in rosy outlooks. Reality is way too painful.

News on CNN is slanted, and newspapers are biased toward opinions that bear the stamp of political correctness. Can we as people bear to hear what is real? I wonder! Everyone wants to hear that everything is going to be all right. Is it? I truly doubt it, after all life throws us very unfair problems.

We want to believe that we can hold back the passing of time so we believe the ads that promote youthful products and even when we ought to know, better we buy them. We want to believe that a war is going to stop terrorism, but there is always another war. We want to believe, so the greed of peddlers of printed or televised materials, use our insecurities to sell their opinions.

In relationships, we sell our biased stories to keep the peace or preserve the relationship. Hiding behind lies, we smooth over the bumps. The sadness of our reality is but a dream that we swallow hoping that it isnít so. However, it is so! Reality isnít very fun most of the time.

Is the whole truth possible? I donít know, maybe not. All I know is that sometimes the varnished truth chips away at the very fabric of love, life and friendships. It leaves behind a hollow kind of life that is worse then hype or spin of any created reality.

For myself I am learning to be truthful, I am not always successful. It is far too easy to be a peacemaker and cover over the harder facts that occur in everyday life. In reality I would much rather have that rosy outlook. I am just not sure the cost is worth it.


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Reviewed by Tom Kitt 2/6/2007
Hmm! We keep changing the goalposts so the game can go on. But, always, the truth circulates to haunt and ruin every game in due course. This is the promise of Love. Thanks for a fine honest write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/27/2002
Great article Sandi, I would add that the truth is the only thing that can set us free.Not just because the Bible says it, but because we have to live with ourselves, and can only be at peace if we live in truth, and that truth sets us free from the misery that untruth fosters.
Reviewed by Sara 3/25/2002
Living truthfully is how I live my life. It is not always easy or pretty, but it is far preferred for me than the alternative. Life is more uncomplicated for me this way as well. I could never hope to keep a group of untruths aligned forever. I do my best to be kind when delivering the truth and I enjoy the reputatation I carry because of the way I am. Thank you for this reflective work Sandi
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 3/24/2002
Maybe you've answered your own question. "For myself I am learning to be truthful, I am not always successful. It is far too easy to be a peacemaker and cover over the harder facts that occur in everyday life. In reality I would much rather have that rosy outlook. I am just not sure the cost is worth it."

I suppose we all have to decipher the costs. Excellent article (no kidding)

Lotsa Love, Janet xoxoxoxoxoxo

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