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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
There are many things you can say about Truth.

More than one blogger has contemplated banning Truth from their blog. Not because Truth hurts, but because Truth, the whole Truth, and most importantly, nothing but Truth never completely comes through in the real world.

The Medrash even talks about Truth being thrown to the ground so everyone could get a piece of him.

So instead we get Truth wrapped up in layers of biting cynicisms, spiteful remarks, perhaps some half Truths, and certainly interpretations of Truth out of context.

And yet, there are the incredibly valid statements of Truth. Truth’s answers are Truth. And questions of Truth certainly can’t be ignored.

But alas, the message of Truth is too often lost in the envelope it is wrapped up and presented in.

If only there was a way to separate Truth from Friction.

5 comments:

Truth said...

Joe,

That was a very finely written piece.

Especially the closing line:
If only there was a way to separate Truth from Friction.

Thinking of that it occurs to me, what human life doesn't result from friction?

What fire is ignited without a spark [which in many cases is generated by friction]?

But alas, the message of Truth is too often lost in the envelope it is wrapped up and presented in.


I think that the envelope with the message of Truth wrapped in it has not been opened for too long [if it even succeeds in not getting confiscated by the 'post office'].

Love without Truth isn't True Love, and leads to infamy and betrayal [as eloquently allegorised in our Sources].

Truth without Love is cruelty.

However, "through the Mercy of fools, all Justice is lost", and "when one is merciful to the cruel, in the end he does cruelty to the merciful".

The Medrash even talks about Truth being thrown to the ground so everyone could get a piece of him.

And then that Medrash continues:


"Then the angels of service said to G-d, 'L-rd of the Universe, how can Thou despise Your seal (the Truth?)' And G-d responded, 'Let Truth arise from the earth, as it says: "Truth springs from the earth." (Psalms: 85:12)'" [Yes], Truth will have to rise from the earth in "broken pieces," but there is a purpose; so that man will be able to labor to rediscover it, fragment by fragment, without ever seeing the full picture. The Truth will not be Truth for man unless he discovers it by way of his own effort.*


Truth.

* - Excerpted from: Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, http://www.jewishworldreview.com/1003/cardozo_2003_10_03.php3

Joe Settler said...

I actually wrote the entire piece just for the punchline.

I also like my intended innuendo about Truth getting thrown down, and then everyone getting a piece of him. :)

Truth said...

Joe:
I actually wrote the entire piece just for the punchline

That punchline was particularly, and notably classic...

I also like my intended innuendo about Truth getting thrown down, and then everyone getting a piece of him. :)

So did I, but fortunately you failed to mention what happened to those that Truth got a piece of...

[And don't expect me to talk, either...]


Truth.

Elchonon said...

hey truth,
You need to start posting on your blog you shnook! p.s. anyone who bans truth just joins in with the general bolshvik scenery here in israel... free beer ?

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