The Eclectic Pen - She said she knew the truth...


By: Paul H. (nessus19) - ,   + 43 more  
Date Submitted: 4/24/2007
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  She said she knew the truth of it and would share it with me if I would kneel and cultivate humility.

He said he knew the truth of it and would share it with me if I recognized sin as a common denominator in the equation of life.

One said he knew the truth of it and would share it with me if I let numbers guide my way. Or stars. Or odd patterns on walls. Or monitoring machines.

Another said she knew the truth of it and would share it with me if I could see that all was suffering.

Some said they knew the truth of it and would share it with me if I shunned others as they did.

Many said they knew the truth and would share it with me…in stages…not to be shared with others.

Most said they knew the truth and feared for me if I did not know it as well.

All said they served one god, and that ignorance blinded one to what was important, beautiful and worthy of reverence.

I could say nothing – only walk away wondering if they were half right.


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Claudia R. (BrokenWing) - 4/24/2007 2:59 PM ET
very interesting. If everyone is right aren't some of them wrong?
Paul H. (nessus19) - , - 4/24/2007 3:48 PM ET
Dear Claudia: In a word: yes. Deism is unlike almost all other topics of debate in that one party must be wrong...and very possibly both are. (This is my perspective. Your mileage may vary.) Of course the more rigid, hierarchical, structured, or contrived the view of reality one holds (even non-theological ones) the less tolerant or comfortable many people are in reconciling a conflicting view. Not every one invites others to pull out the carpet upon which they stand. Again...so it seems to me.
IONE L. (zaneygraylady) - 4/25/2007 5:46 PM ET
I really love this. This is just how I feel.
Kristen D. - 4/26/2007 11:28 AM ET
I am RELIEVED to know that I am not the only one who wonders about people and their 'truths.' And let's think about this, if someone was 100% right, would they still be here?? In the living flesh? Ever heard of being 'dead right?' This does exist... But I do believe that people's thoughts and ideals do tend hold some half-truths.
Lisa C. (IrishHillbilly) - 4/27/2007 8:09 AM ET
Very thought provoking and enjoyable.
Marta J. (booksnob) - 4/27/2007 5:17 PM ET
Fanaticism in ANY guise is dangerous. Well done!
Maggie M. - 4/28/2007 8:58 AM ET
Paul, welcome back. Good stuff here. And you've inspired me to share a short story I wrote on at least a part of your very wide topic. It's called "Serendipity," and I'll put it up asap. Hope our separate efforts will bring out other in the same vein and some (more) interesting discourse.
Maggie M. - 4/28/2007 9:03 AM ET
Oh, lordy-lord...I can't seem to write anything right these days. My hope for "(more) interesting discourse" didn't mean "more interesting than it has been so far," but rather "more of the same." ;) Great day, everybody.
Darlene S. (dbs) - 5/3/2007 6:51 AM ET
Printed this off for my bulletin board---this is something I will want to re-read and ponder it's truths. Thank you!
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