Questions for You and Your Friends: The Truth

September 8, 2014

Deepen relationships by asking questions about what truth means to you

Note: If you are new to this feature of the Support4Change Blog, here are some suggestions for exploring questions for yourself and also for your family and friends.

Spiritual empowerment is evidenced in our lives by our willingness to tell ourselves the truth, to listen to the truth when it’s told to us, and to dispense truth as lovingly as possible, when we feel compelled to talk from the heart.

—Christina Baldwin

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Let us accept truth, even when it surprises us and alters our views

—George Sands

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Last year I wrote about my friendship with Ivajoy, a friend and colleague, with whom I’ve shared many conversations on a wide variety of topics. In addition to current affairs, we also frequently talked about “truth” and how we become convinced that our interpretation of events is the right one. For example, we explored how we often accept religious concepts as though we don’t need to explore them anymore — because we know they are “right.”

Discover How You View “The” Truth by Asking Yourself These Questions:

  1. Do I believe there is something that can be considered the final, ultimate, never-to-be-questioned-again truth? If so, what is it? How do I know that that is the truth?

  1. When I am attempting to know the truth, how do I go about that process? For example, do I tend to believe something is true because a lot of people believe it?

 

  1. Do I believe something is true because I’ve always believed it?

 

  1. Do I believe something is true because my parents told me it was true?

 

  1. If I made four separate lists of (1) things I know to be absolutely true, (2) things I know to be absolutely untrue, (3) things I am fairly sure are true, and (4) things I am fairly sure are not true, what would be on each list?

 

  1. If I don’t know the final, ultimate, never-to-be-questioned-again truth, do I believe there is anyone who does? If so, why do I put my trust into believing one person rather than another?

Here is Another Way to Explore What Truth Means to You

For me, truth means _________.

 

Truth has carried me through difficult situations by ______.

 

I most need truth when _________.

 

The way I express truth in my life is by _________.

 

For me, a symbol that represents truth is __________.

 

What have you learned about yourself in exploring these questions?

 

What have your friends learned about themselves by exploring these questions?

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