The “truth” is within us all. For some I need go no further. They know and understand what that short sentence means. For others, they know but choose to ignore, placing themselves first in all things. And for still others, they need to be shown the way.
The truth in not just one thing, it is an approach to life in a universe of truths and consequences. The truth is not what one religion or another says it is exclusive of all others, but rather it is the common theme of all faiths melded into that approach to life.
The truth is made up of much more than a few tangible ingredients, and for each living soul, there are different recipes. It is whatever gets each of us closer to whatever our idea of God is. And, even at that, those who don’t believe in a particular God, believe in something and are not necessarily excluded from knowing the truth.
The truth is derived from every person in our family, our heritage, our community, our common experiences, our differences, and on and on. The truth is derived from every person we’ve ever met, from every place we’ve ever been, from every thing we’ve ever read or written, from every joy and every sorrow, from the good and the bad in life and from the depths of our souls.
The truth is what we take from all its derivation and how we interact with our fellow human beings and the universe at large. It is compassion, love, understanding, charity, grace, sacrifice, atonement, respect, forgiveness, equality and justice.
And, of course, the truth is much more than all of this, and much more than any of us can comprehend individually; but seeking it and hopefully finding it should be a common goal for all of us.
For an interesting read check out: Many Faiths, One Truth (NYTimes article 5/25/10)