“But it’s MY truth,” she shouted. This strong assertion came from a client several years ago. Yes, it was her truth, based on her life experiences and world view. And, like all good counselors, I had read the 1969 publication of I’m OK – You’re OK and was trying to give gracious accommodation to this perspective she clung to so tenaciously. Well. That was then. This is now.
NYTimes columnist Paul Krugman wrote on his blog the day after the election, … it’s always important to remember that elections determine who has the power, not who has the truth. His statement has resonated with me these last two weeks. And it begs the question, what is the truth? While I don’t presume to know what definition of ‘truth’ Krugman would provide, I sense he’s not talking about the truths of individual perspectives. There is something bigger here. Something universal.
There are fundamental beliefs and concepts found in wisdom and spiritual traditions around the world. Beliefs about how to be in right relationship with the Earth and each other. The Golden Rule is embedded in at least thirteen major world religions. Concepts of compassion, human dignity, Earth sovereignty, social justice are rooted in the ancient traditions of most cultures and manifest in many current cultures.
I believe…no, I know that we all hold a divine nature. Yes, it’s hard to see in some, but it’s present in all of us. We are all part of the web of life and it is from this place of sacred knowing and shared cosmology that we recognize and embrace what is truth. What is universal truth.
Yes. There is a new administration that will hold political and economic power. And what they do with it won’t be good. But we hold the truth.
I aspire to have all my actions based in universal truth. Those who’s actions are not similarly based, those who hold to their truth of hatred, subjugation, violence, and domination…well, I shall try to see the sacred light in them, but I will not accommodate their beliefs and actions. It’s not OK. And for that I make no apologies.
Judith – firstname.lastname@example.org