“Who in the world am I?
Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”
Alice in Wonderland
“We ignored truths for temporary happiness.
six word story
“Most people do not realize that thinking about something is inviting the essence of that something into their experience.”
One of the most difficult things to figure out is what to do ‘now’ when given a choice … particularly if that ‘now decision’ would appear to provide some happiness.
I mean … WTF … who would pass on happiness?
We have a tendency to either not think long term when facing happiness … or maybe we weight happiness to such an extent it appears to have a higher value then it may actually have.
Fortunately for us … we actually have an inner scale.
This scale makes this decision a fairly easy one. That inner scale is the “I know who in the world you are’ scale.
If you know that your happiness assessment glasses are clear, not smudgy and provide you at least fairly good vision … well … you have a better than even chance of actually figuring out whether it represents temporary happiness or ongoing happiness.
Truth is tricky.
We confuse it with common sense, intuition & instinct.
All of which suggest the real truth about … well … truth without actually being true.
None of those things truly reflect truth … just a characteristic of truth.
The characteristic? Glimpses. Glimpses of truth are temporary. That isn’t to suggest truth is not everlasting or steadfast but rather our viewing of truth comes in glimpses.
That said … I will offer a word to everyone on temporary … a word, if you take some time and consider it a little, which partially explains ignoring truth – evanescent.
Evanescent refers to that which almost vanishes as soon as it appears, implying that a thing is ‘tenuous, delicate or unsubstantial ‘ as part of its nature <an evanescent glimpse of the truth>
“If you put your happiness in temporary things – your happiness will be temporary.“
All synonyms of temporary.
I could have used transient or transitory … both of which stress brevity and impermanence and the fact it will not endure.
Both synonyms of temporary.
I could have even used ephemera which denotes that which changes aspect rapidly and continuously.
Another synonym of temporary.
I could have even focused on temporary which is a nice general term that implies measurable but of limited duration.
But I didn’t.
I didn’t because truth, more often than not, can vanish just as quickly as it appears.
Let me explain why.
Truth is rarely simple and is even more rarely a “it just is” factoid. Instead it is more likely represented in a disparate range of factoids and fragments. They all swirl around this truth and most often we, seeking simplicity & happiness, ignore all the fragments and put our arms around the easier happiness.
The danger in this is that we then have no depth of understanding. We are not forced to assess the fragments and think. We don’t because , in our heads, truth should be simple, clear and obvious <hence the reason we far too often confuse it with common sense>.
This is where evanescent comes back into the conversation.
Some may call this an “ah ha” moment. I would suggest t is simply a moment of clarity.
It is a moment in which you truly become a conduit of truth.
It is a moment where everything is aligned and Truth stands there … right in front of you … still amidst the swirl & chaos of Life.
“Liberty of thought is the life of the soul.”
Of course … you actually have to be paying attention.
Of course … you actually have to not be distracted by happiness.
Of course … you actually hate having to do both of what I just wrote.
I mean, c’mon, to have the opportunity to be wrapped in a nice cozy blanket of happiness for the rest of our existence <because that is what we hope every time happiness snuggles up against us … that this is the time it lasts forever>?
What a fucking fairy tale.
That is like basing truth & happiness on unicorn farts.
Here is what everyone needs to remember as they ponder ignoring truth for happiness.
Everlasting happiness is a myth.
Everlasting truth is a myth.
Whew. How ironic is that?
“I have lived with a sense of irony and cold curiosity.”
Two of the most valued things in Life are myths.
It sure sucks to think that.
Here is the most basic truth of all <a non temporary truth but an everlasting one>.
Truth will always be truth … but it will never be easy … easy to gather, to understand and to believe.
And because it is not easy … and we would much prefer happiness <even temporary happiness> we will accept being right sometimes … wrong sometimes … and at all times believe things on insufficient evidence.
We should just face the fact that even on the things we believe, and claim we understand, we are doing so often in an incomplete way <even if we are correct>.
I believe my smartphone works … but I have no clue how.
I believe … well … full in your own “black box belief” here … things you just assume will work and assume we understand how to make it work but certainly do not understand the ins & outs of its workings.
This is the economy.
This is effective government.
This is climate change.
This is finance.
This is most of the big stuff in Life.
Which brings me to my conclusion … something little … evanescent.
The glimpse of truth.
The moment when all the disparate fragments align and truth stands in front of you.
It is the moment when … well … things are sufficient enough to understand and believe.
It is the moment we should not ignore truth for either temporary happiness or the temptation of what may appear to be everlasting happiness.
That sounds like an important moment, doesn’t it?
Pay attention for it.
Pay very very close attention.
Pay attention … because the glimpse of truth is evanescent.
Pay attention … because the last haven of truth often resides in the evanescent.