I’m going to start this one with an anecdote from earlier this week. My coworker came into my office to ask me a question, bright and early. It was during the time when the rising sun blasts its rays through my window, bright enough to make it an ideal setting for interrogation… but that’s not my job. The moment she walked into my office she shielded her eyes from the blinding light in a Bela Lugosi manner and exclaims “I hate the sun!”
It’s as if my coworker drew these two cards today.
If we want the world we create for ourselves to match the one we envision for ourselves, we’ve got to grab a chair and sit dead-center in our truth. Our personal truth is our raw clay, our crude oil, our plutonium-239. For so many of us the problem is we all too often adulterate our truth with what we think it is supposed to contain, specifically as decreed by culture, society, and the implicit and explicit expectations either placed upon us or that we assume we are supposed to adopt.
As far as I’m concerned the justice system is geared toward establishing a contrived universal truth for those of us that can’t determine the truth for ourselves. There’s Colonel Jessup shouting “You can’t handle your own personal truth!” from the witness stand, then BAM!- a law is born.
I believe we tend to rely on this mass adoption of the definition of truths to validate our own personal truths for us. We want the law to reflect our own personal values, which then makes them right if we can hold up a certificate that states “these values have been endorsed by our society”. Well so much for a personal truth. Unfortunately, we do this when we have no confidence that what is true for us on a personal level is right for us. We want everyone else en masse to tell us what is right for us, then the tainting of our own truth begins.
So how do we determine what is true for ourselves in light of the court of public let-me-tell-you-what-is-right-and-wrong-for-you? We simply find our joy. This must be a pure joy, a joy that is not derived from the lack of joy in another. A universal joy that others can recognize in ourselves and identify with in themselves. The trouble with the idea of a system of justice to determine our truth is that it decrees it with a bang of a gavel and a frown. We then say, “oh, we need to adopt this public truth and the frown that goes with it”.
Here’s how to test this idea: We simply share the joy that emanates from our truth. We must not hide our joy and bury it with shame, fearing that it goes against the court of popular opinion. We are each a miniature sun, and our joy is the light that emanates from our solar plexus (see what I did there?). We will soon find ourselves surrounded by all that we desire, growing in the light we emit from our souls. No longer will we need to sit in darkness waiting for a set of rights and wrongs to be proclaimed by churches and states, waiting for them to dictate how we should live that will make us happy. Happiness is self-defined, as simple as that. The truth is we know what is right; we simply need to have trust in ourselves in order to recognize it.