OT:- Do You Really Want To Know the Truth? Jean-Claude Koven

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Do You Really Want to Know the Truth?
by Jean-Claude Koven 

Back in 1992, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise co-starred in a movie entitled A

Few Good Men. The high point of the film, in my view, was a classic, heated 
exchange between their characters, during which Kaffee (the military
attorney 
played by Cruise) says: “I want the truth,” and Col. Jessup (Nicholson) 
responds: “You can't handle the truth.”

The movie makes Jessup the villain. That’s not surprising in a courtroom 
drama that’s based on finding the truth in order to separate right from
wrong. 
But the screenwriters could just have easily turned it all around. If Jessup

were editing the script, he would have become the hero defending the
American 
way of life. Unlike Kaffee, who could only perceive truth through the narrow

perspective of precedent case law, he saw the bigger picture. In his view,
the 
rigidity of black-and-white morality needed to be bent into shades of gray 
to serve the greater good. 

The truth that Jessup perceived was well beyond Kaffee’s ability to handle. 
Kaffee’s view of truth was far too limited to contain the reality of
Jessup’s 
world. However what neither of them could see was that “the truth” simply 
does not exist. There is no universal, definitive Truth (with a capital
“T”). 
The best each of us can muster is our own version of truth, determined by 
the point from which we choose to view reality. And our only sin is in 
believing that others must join us in seeing things as we do. 

There have always been those among us who, claiming to speak with the 
authority of God or on behalf of a totalitarian regime, have advocated their

version of Truth. These people – not too different in other ways from the
rest of 
us – became ensnared by the assumed validity of their doctrines. Despite
their 
impressive robes or uniforms and their persuasive pronouncements, they 
turned out to be little more than bigoted bullies who historically have been

astonishingly effective in bending our minds and wills. 

Perhaps, the time has come for us to think for ourselves. But how can we 
when our minds are already made up? Someone has already done all the
thinking 
for us. And we, seeking the blessings of our leaders and the safety of 
consensus, continually nod in agreement. Besides, we enjoy being part of our
larger 
families and we seem to enjoy the comfort of singing from a common hymnal. 

The next time someone asks you for the truth, you might want to think twice 
before answering. It takes far more courage to venture into the domain of 
truth than you might realize. It is a never-ending journey into the unknown,

requiring that you turn your back on everything familiar and move to places 
you've never dared explore. You leave the solace of certainty far behind as
you 
venture beyond the walls of belief. While part of you is curious, another
part 
would probably rather not take the risk. Eagles concerned about safety nets 
don't soar; sadly, they eventually lose their ability to fly altogether. 

However, as any eagle will tell you, overcoming the fear of leaping from the

nest is the only way to fulfill its destiny. When you finally summon 
sufficient courage to loosen your grip on the truths you've bought into and
let go 
of set beliefs, you will make a remarkable discovery: What you see depends 
upon where you're looking from. Every time you change the point from which
you 
view, not only does what you see change, but a new aspect of yourself
emerges 
as well. 

You become the eagle circling ever higher on unexpected updrafts, each new 
turn providing a fresh point from which to view. All the burning issues that

seemed so pressing and compelling yesterday fade into obscurity and
irrelevance 
today. New truths reveal themselves in kaleidoscopic succession until you 
realize that each of these, too, is little more than a temporary resting
place. 
You linger for a while, absorbing the epiphany it offers, and release it in 
order to move on to the next vista that piques your curiosity. 

As your awareness grows, so does your ability to accept multiple realities. 
You soon come to realize that right and wrong, like Truth, are merely 
expressions of perception. They appear immutable only to those who refuse to
change 
the points from which they view. If such people are so deeply rooted to
their 
beliefs that they are unwilling to relinquish their vantage points, why 
should it be surprising that what they see never changes? 

The only way they can justify their deep-seated fear of change is to preach 
and find fault with those who are not in agreement. By finding others
wanting, 
they reinforce their own self-righteous perceptions, giving rise to the 
separation that inevitably finds expression in covert or overt hostility. 

This clinging to the idea that there is a universal, definitive truth lies 
at the core of the difficulties with religions, political systems, financial

institutions, ecological movements, the business and corporate world, as
well 
as almost every personal relationship you have ever had. However, where it 
does its most insidious damage is within the complex mini-world of the 
individual. When you trade your curiosity for the identity and sense of
belonging that 
comes with adopting the beliefs of those around you, the totality of who you

really are becomes overridden by your external persona – the person you now 
think you are. 

In theory, the way out of this dilemma is simple. Albert Einstein 
encapsulated it in a few words: “No problem can ever be solved at the same
level of 
consciousness that created it.” However, in practice this is far easier said

than done. For what is required is for you to summon the courage to break
free 
from your comfort zone – your habitual, ingrained patterning—and soar.

When was the last time you found yourself in a heated argument with someone 
and suddenly realized that both of you were absolutely correct even though
you 
were in opposite camps? How easy was it for you to disengage from the inevit
able he-said/she--said (attack/defend) syndrome and view the interaction
from 
outside the arena of conflict? Once you have actually achieved this 
breakthrough, you are immediately confronted by an incredibly interesting
question: If 
I am the one arguing, then who is the one watching me argue? 

With that extraordinary question, everything in your life is about to shift 
irrevocably. You are ready to leap into the void in which your tidy world of

certainty becomes increasingly fuzzy. The higher you soar, the more right
and 
wrong are seen to be two sides of a Mobius strip, blending and disappearing 
into each other. You now understand truth anew; it is no more than a
memorial 
to a stuck point of view – a roadside marker warning passing motorists to 
stay alert. 

Do you still want the truth? Whatever for, now that you're among the eagles?

____________-____

Jean-Claude Koven is a writer and speaker based in Rancho Mirage, CA. He is 
the author of Going Deeper: How to Make Sense of Your Life When Your Life 
Makes No Sense, the Allbooks Reviews editor’s choice for the best
metaphysical 
book of 2004. For more information, please visit _www.goingdeeper.-org_ 
(HYPERLINK "http://www.goingdeeper.org/"http://www.goingdee-per.org) 
©2005. Jean-Claude Koven / All Rights Reserved 




 

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