||[Apr. 22nd, 2005|09:17 pm]
|||||"Cradle of Love" - Billy Idol||]|
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5
I've made a point of trying to not make blanket statements about anyone or anything - because blanket statements are not the truth - they only pander to our prejudices and weakly approximate the truth.
Truth is difficult. How do we reconcile contradictory information in our world, and maintain some semblence of continuity? At some level there is a killer and a saint in all of us. Yet we cling to the hypocricy of our own professed consistency - turning a blind eye to the truth.
Paradoxically if we embrace the recognition of the whole truth - rather than limiting us as we might expect, it provides the ammunition needed by our ego to move beyond the over simplistic prejudices and blanket statements that do not inform us about reality. In a way it is like a door opening to a new world. Once past the door we can become a more authentic personality guided by truth.
Everyone has thought, "what I wouldn't give to strangle my boss right now". But most of us never act upon that impulse. What holds us back? Before recognizing the truth I spoke of, we would attribute it to external controls (we don't want to pay the legal price for the murder, or we want to go to heaven so we follow God's rules etc...). After we step through the door and recognize the complexity inside of us that does not fit any one paradigm - we also begin to realize that everyone around us has that same complexity - has some redeeming quality that stays our hands. We realize the truth that we all have a responsibility to preserve what is good in all of us.
Once through the door you see the truth that you are ultimately responsible for your own life, thoughts and actions. This also leads to a realization that no one has all the answers. Not the clergy, the teachers, the business men, the scientists, the politicians, or you (or me).