the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear...
All that I can, in true humility, present to you is that Truth is not to be found by anybody who has not got an abundant sense of humility."
-- Mahatma Gandhi
“The truth is the truth, whether or not it is accepted by the majority.”
A few times during our first conversations, Gary had challenged me to clarify what had slipped out of my mouth -- often as a quip or facetious comment. (It seems I often default to my youthful personality as a Chicago street kid, a wannabe wise guy, the perennial, if not all that proficient, class clown).
And the Truth Shall Make You Free
In our fundamentally materialistic modern society most of us have adopted the world view that there is an objectively existing material reality, and that the only means of discerning the Real Truth is the scientific method. With this view, if we can prove something through the use of the complex machinery that extends the five senses, and the use of intricate computerized mathematical models that extend our reliance on conceptual logic, it is true. If we can't, it ain't.
I don't buy it.
Although I've always been a science and technology geek (see last week's post), and do appreciate their contribution to the quality of human life, I believe that science's search for Truth is flawed, incomplete. Science doesn't recognize that with commitment and effort, we can individually and collectively perceive Truth. Science doesn't acknowledge that the Real Deal is directly accessible to the human heart and mind.
On the Other Hand
To stay humble, to be gentle, kind, open, curious, and respectful of others isn't just the "moral" thing to do. It's keeping it Real. As each fleeting moment cascades through the infinite pool of eternity, a deep humility reflects the nature of our actual situation as human beings.