Ollalie Butte Oregon from my journal truth and morality

Ollalie Butte, Oregon by Mike Sunseri

I’ve found myself particularly interested in the subject of creativity lately. More specifically, how to live a creative life while also leading a very busy life with a tight schedule of places to be (virtually, speaking — we ARE still in a pandemic) and things to do.

This curiosity led me down a rabbit hole of revisiting articles and interviews by many well-known authors who have written extensively on the subject of creativity…

Which led me to an interview of Elizabeth Gilbert by Tim Ferris…

Which led me to two quotes about the subject of truth…

“Here is the thing about truth: Once you see it, you cannot un-see it.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

And then this quote by Liz’s wife, Rayya Elias:

“The truth has legs; it always stands. When everything else in the room has blown up or dissolved away, the only thing left standing will always be the truth. Since that’s where you’re gonna end up anyway, you might as well just start there.” —Rayya Elias

These quotes bothered me deeply, prompting me to write the following in my journal, which is probably clearly fueled by the recent political climate in the US as well as the behavior of many Americans throughout this pandemic.

If 2020 and the early days of 2021 have taught me anything, it is this: I fear that many have lost sight of their truth. Or what the word even means. I’ve heard people say many things—from American leaders to neighbors to personal friends—that no longer resemble a truth that I’ve come to know (and want to hold tightly to). I do not feel that my truth is distorted or wrong, but I find myself in deep disagreement with people I once respected. And when I realize that I hope my truth always leads to preserving life and upholding the principles and faith I was raised to believe, I find myself in deeper conflict with those who don’t see the same truth that I see.

And I can’t help but wonder this about these people who I’m in disagreement with: Have some people lost all touch with truth and morality? And are some willing to sacrifice our fellow human beings as we distort our own version of that truth in favor of our own gain?

This is not about any particular religion or political party. It’s not about a difference of “opinion” — another word many struggle to accurately understand. It’s about being honest with ourselves and discovering truth. It’s about making sure we are on the right side of that truth. It’s about right vs. wrong.

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