Following on from last weeks post about our inbuilt lie detector. This week I want to talk about truth and perceived truths.
As a child, we’re taught to see things as black/white, truth/lie or good/bad. But as we grow-up, we realise it’s not quite so clear cut. What we think of as truths are only based on our perception at that given moment in time. As we grow, we learn, through; books, TV and discussion, all this information goes into making us who we are and in turn how we see the world.
If you’re told bad things happen to bad people, then what happens to you, when something bad happens to you – does that mean you start to believe a bad person?
Our truth is based on our:
- Parents (from both what the taught us and their actions, which aren’t always the same thing),
- Environment and our culture.
What we perceive to be “the truth” is only the truth to us, based on our current perception. Even the simple truth of what colour is this might depend on who you ask. What I see as green isn’t necessarily what you see as green. There are even pictures that circulate on the internet where people argue about the colour of the dress or trainers. Not just the shade but literally black or white, gold or blue.
Now consider racism? Where one person believes themselves to be superior, to another, based on the colour of their skin. It is their truth, it’s how they see it (even if it’s not how most people see it.) We aren’t born to discriminate, it’s something we are taught. It saddens me that it’s still so rife in society. Particularly as I believe that we reincarnate, again and again, living different lifetimes to learn different lessons. You don’t always come back as the same person, sometimes you’d be male, sometimes female. You wouldn’t always be born in the same place and yes you’ve guessed it, you wouldn’t always have the same skin colour.
So being abusive to another person just because of the colour of their skin seems non-sensical to me.
When someone does something “wrong” or “bad”, it’s worth pausing before judging them. What has happened to them? To bring them to this point in their “truth” their “belief”. That makes them think this behaviour is required or even acceptable? Once you can understand this, it is often a chance. Putting ourselves in the position of someone else is a gift, it’s something that not everyone else will or can do.
So how does this fit in with our inbuilt lie detector? I think our response to other people’s lies is a response based on our perceptions. If it doesn’t fit with our ideas of what is true perhaps we respond to that too.
As you go about your daily life remember the truth is only your truth based on your experience and beliefs. Your truths aren’t the same as anyone else’s and we really need to be more tolerant and understanding towards each other, it is no excuse for hurting someone else.
So before you make a judgement, that someone else’s truth is worth less than your own. Ask yourself why?