ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - May 27, 2021 - 12:00am

Anything new is welcomed with open arms, especially if it brings us good. It doesn't matter if the message is one of optimism, love, or prosperity. Aside from the good news, we're grateful to the messenger, particularly the one whose authority and influence are apparent. However, when a storm has passed, there is another kind of bearer of hope and enthusiasm. The truthteller not only provides hope, but also lessons.

We may be able to accept what is happening in our lives. We immediately halt and accept everything since we don't have answers to the various ambiguities and difficulties we face. Alternatively, we yield to things that we believe are beyond our human abilities after a long wait and despondency.

Consider the pandemic: even if we have vaccines that we believe will put an end to our problems in the coming months or years, we still have many concerns and questions. The dispute, like the virus's genesis, appears to be never-ending. The most true and credible explanation is still being sought by health experts and organizations. Various origin hypotheses emerge from time to time, each with its own set of merits in terms of presenting credible explanations.

Even after years have passed, some people remain skeptical of any popular explanation, particularly if additional revelations are expected in the coming years. And as long as no final conclusions can be drawn from an occurrence, the wealthy mind will continue to seek the truth, resulting in relativity.

According to the Bible, Jesus, as the Word, might announce, "I am the truth." It is an undeniable fact that I am the Son of God, Jesus was declaring to us. I am the way, the truth, and the life. That is not to suggest that Webster's definition of truth is incorrect. Truth is a verifiable or irrefutable fact.

During these trying times in our world's history, our challenge is to dig into the word for ourselves and seek for the truth. Shouldn't we leave some room for critical thinking in today's world of fake news and made-up facts, rather than accepting everything at face value?

We are driven by our human nature to seek out other people, develop relationships, and interact with them. The level of trust we share with others, especially our loved ones, is a crucial part of our interactions. Truth and lies are two distinct ways of connecting with people and making sense of our surroundings.

Although the truth is rarely straightforward, this does not mean that we should stop telling it. The fact that the truth is complicated does not excuse the use of convenient lies. Lies can pass for truth at times, but the truth always comes out in the end.

We are frequently incarcerated in a room where we all maintain a conspiracy of silence, but one word of truth can be heard as a gunshot. Let us not be scared to speak up for honesty, truth, and compassion in the face of injustice, deception, and greed. It would revolutionize the way we live and interact. Let's get to it right away.

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