The Search For Truth

I search for news that I can comment on while raising the issues to the level of Principle—reaching the truth by climbing out of the mud…

Most media and almost all politics are miring swamps.

From the Bahá’í World News Service: Iranian media attacks on Baha’is and Nobel Prize Winner Shirin Ebadi seek to stir “irrational fears and prejudices”

From The Huffington Post: The Media’s Problem Of “False Balance” Showing Itself In Electoral Map Analyses

From the Lancaster Eagle Gazette: Candidates taking low road: Dirty politics is never helpful

From the Tampa Tribune: Truth, Please

Often, I find refuge from the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” in fiction. I am a poet and many would claim that poetry is fiction, along with myth and tradition . . . Contemplate these quotes:

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fiction is the truth inside the lie.”
Stephen King

My favorite author, C. J. Cherryh, spins beautiful tales, taking media, politics, poetry, fiction, and myth to realms that reveal truth more clearly than most any media or political source available.

Consider these quotes from this multiple award-winning author:

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.”

“Deal with the Devil if the Devil has a constituency – and don’t complain about the heat.”

“Trade isn’t about goods. Trade is about information. Goods sit in the warehouse until information moves them.”

“We’re in the hands of lunatics.”
“Of financiers. Far worse”

“The interests of all humans are interlocked…and politics is no more than a temporal expression of social mathematics.”

“Ignorance killed the cat, sir. Curiosity was framed.”

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Today’s Spiritual Quote:

“Oh! why will man, the disobedient child of God, who should be an example of the power of the spiritual law, turn his face away from the Divine Teaching and put all his effort into destruction and war?
“My hope is that in this enlightened century the Divine Light of love will shed its radiance over the whole world, seeking out the responsive heart’s intelligence of every human being; that the light of the Sun of Truth will lead politicians to shake off all the claims of prejudice and superstition…”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 150

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6 thoughts on “The Search For Truth

  1. I was actually reading an article about the ‘religious youth’ today and how they hoped there would be enough to swing voters toward McCain; the comments were filled with statements like, “any real christian wouldn’t vote for Obama because he is pro abortion” (obviously this was a foxnews.com article); the fact of the matter is that he’s gotta be pro-choice to appeal to both the people who would never abort, and the people whom may be in the unfortunate position that they need one. It’s the increasingly common ‘what I think is what everyone should think’ mentality that really takes a toll on our social ecosystem.

    Great post though, I especially like the quotes from C. J. Cherryh, it’s great how the guys almost at the top will tell you how hard they’ve worked, but the guys at the top will tell you how easy it is for anybody to do.

  2. Dear Alex,
    I took a look at your book. I am blown away. You are a great astrologer! Believe me, I am not saying it lightly. I am a pretty good astrologer also (people used come to my school from all over the world – just on the word of mouth), and I rarely see good astrologers, although I’ve seen many. Rarely people have such a good grasp of energies at work.
    I also checked your religion’s website, and I liked the idea, even though I am against any religion.
    So you are on my honor roll now.
    Besides my Carnival of Walking with god (personal spiritual journeys), I am also planning to have an astrology webzine.
    I’ve been talking to a few astrologers now. By Mid-October, I’d like to collect astrologers’ musings on upcoming elections. Let me know if you want to contribute.
    Well, I’m so glad you came across my blog!

  3. Thank you for your humbling comments on my book . . .
    I’m hoping to ready some writing for the carnival–time will tell…
    Concerning religion I want to leave you two quotes to ponder (from my Faith’s Scripture).

    “Inasmuch as human interpretations and blind imitations differ widely, religious strife and disagreement have arisen among mankind, the light of true religion has been extinguished and the unity of the world of humanity destroyed. The prophets of God voiced the spirit of unity and agreement. They have been the founders of divine reality. Therefore if the nations of the world forsake imitations and investigate the reality underlying the revealed Word of God they will agree and become reconciled. For reality is one and not multiple.”

    (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 226)

    “His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh has said that ‘if religion and faith are the causes of enmity and sedition it is far better to be non-religions; that lack of such religion is better than religion; for we desire religion to be the cause of amity and fellowship. If enmity and hatred exist, irreligion is preferable.’ ”

    (Compilations, Baha’i Scriptures, p. 349)

    ~Alex

  4. Fantastic post Alex…the search for truth versus the fiction of today’s times. It is baffling what is made up and portrayed by the media today and how many people fall under this illusion.

    The truth indeed shall set us free…thank you for YOUR contribution in that.

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