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Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.
-- Eric Butterworth
 

 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Truth is easier

It’s easy and often convenient to say what you don’t mean, to claim what is not true, to hide what is real. But the further you venture from the truth, the more difficult is your way forward.

By very definition, reality always has a way of asserting itself. Every falsehood requires additional falsehoods to support it, and also to support those, until at some point no more falsehoods are possible.

As difficult as truth can often be, it is easier than the alternative. Especially when truth is difficult, the sooner you accept it and express it, the better.

For once the truth is out, it does not have to be constantly propped up. Though living truthfully can be a lot of work, it has the great advantage of not being at odds with reality itself.

Though it could take years and years, being delusional eventually ends up as the only remaining alternative to being truthful. And acting from a delusional perspective quickly becomes ineffective.

Truth can be a hard and painful choice. Yet it’s a whole lot easier than any other choice.

— Ralph Marston

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